Posted 23 August 2006 - 09:05 PM
We brought him home, put him in quarrantine and waited for Monday when our vet's office opened.
I left instructions to euthanize if they thought it was best - not wanting to get attached, I just put an "x" for his name. He spent the next week in their avian ICU battling multiple bacterial infections, being treated for parasites, having blood tests and x-rays done. He has had most of the bones in his body broken - including a 'back water' pinion... they simply broke the last bone in each wing, he's missing 3 toes and a large portion of his upper beak. He has nerve damage to his face(mainly around his eyes) and is nearly blind. How he escaped contagious diseases and severe liver damage I will never know. From day 1, he was non-aggressive. He would hiss and shake, but never approach or offer to bite when we changed his food, water and papers. We thought about turning him over to a rescue, but after a few weeks of debate, we decided there was room at the inn. We were concerned about our other birds (male cockatoos have a bad reputation for aggression) so we converted our guest bedroom into another bird room specifically for him. We named him Xylon which is greek for "man of the forest". After a brief period of strengthening his atrophied feet and legs, he was able to use a normal cage. We have only had to make 3 "special" provisions and they were no bother at all. We leave his perches in the same location due to his limited vision, removed his grate (he likes to stand on the tray to rest his feet) and refrained from equipping his cage with a water bottle since his damaged beak would make it difficult to operate. As you can see, he's a very happy boy now... his physical challenges haven't gotten in his way at all!
He is a wonderful old guy and probably the most laid back cockatoo I've ever met. One of the best days of my life was the day he stepped up, spread his poor broken wings and laid his head on my chest while I scratched him.
Posted 23 August 2006 - 09:44 PM
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Posted 24 August 2006 - 12:56 PM
Why would someone abuse this poor baby like this?
I can't speak about anyone but his last owner and it was very clear that he was only worth as much money as he made and since we wouldn't "prove" for them he wasn't worth a dime. They were surprised that anyone would want "worthless" stock. Some of his injuries (beak and toes) probably came from another bird - the others are more typical of a bird that is thrown or hit. The wings, of course were done intentionally.
WI, it's good to see you around! Yes, Xy is our very special boy. He's gotten to where he'll come out with me most nights. He's OK as long as I hold him close while we walk to the aviary or chair or whatever... being carried is pretty scary, but he'll endure that for scratches and a little quiet time. Once he settles in and finds a good spot he really enjoys a bit of a massage. He doesn't like Danny too much and will hiss if he gets close while I'm holding him. He still doesn't bite... he just takes your finger (or whatever) and holds it in his mouth making eye contact. Then he releases you. He CAN bite (and has only when very badly frightened) he just doesn't. He's an absolute love.
Posted 24 August 2006 - 04:57 PM
Hey RNM, good to see you around! I saw Skye's story here... didn't know that anyone had a forum for disabled birds. How are the other ringies doing?
They are doing fine. "Suffering" with not as much time out since mommie is on crutches, but otherwise doing great.
How are the rest of your FIDs?
I didn't know of one either (except on Yahoo and that one is pretty dead), but I love this. It is so nice to be able to talk about our Special babies with others that know just how wonderful they are.
Posted 25 August 2006 - 05:12 PM
thank you for sharing his story....its sad how people can treat a living creature....and I am so happy you opened your heart and home to him.
Imagine what would have happened if a loving mom and dad, didnt come along? you are truly his angel.... and a very special person.
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Posted 25 August 2006 - 06:24 PM
I've got some idea of what they had planned if he didn't sell at that show... Still, we're no angels - Xylon's been the one doing all the work. I'm sure trying to teach us how to play games, communicate, properly outfit a cage and cook food has been difficult. Teaching us to eat almonds is particularly difficult since we are missing our beaks... still he tries.
Imagine what would have happened if a loving mom and dad, didnt come along?
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