Sassy’s Story

This is Sassy, a male B&G macaw who is one of a group of macaws that came into TGF’s offsite care over 18 months ago. He is one of a large group of macaws that had been rescued over the years by a person dedicated to improving the lives of these former unwanted, breeder birds macaws. More than half of these birds have visible cloacal papillomas. Due to owner illness, all of the birds were placed into our offsite location in FL.

Our multi-section aviary there is huge, with communal areas, walk-overs and separate aviaries where the macaws had the opportunity to pick their own friends.  The birds’ care, husbandry, housing and nutrition is overseen by a veterinarian diplomated in avian medicine, with a long history in aviculture, flock behavior, conservation and veterinary medicine. The husbandry staff provides for the daily physical care and cleaning of the flock. The landscaping surrounding the aviaries is tropical and lush. The birds have ponds in their view, and egrets come in to feed during the day. The birds have the safety of wood boxes during inclement/hurricane weather to keep them safe, warm and dry. The aviaries are nestled in the unique FL pines and protected from direct sunlight. The area is tranquil.

Since their move to FL, these birds’ lives and behaviors gradually changed from shyness and fear, to a flock with dynamic relationships. Sassy shared the flight with his friend Izzy, and a pair of Greenwing macaws – each of which had been paired with their friend for at least 15 years. Then some of the bird relationships quickly changed when the two Greenwing macaws became aggressive and territorial. It was too late for Sassy whose beak had been permanently damaged when he was attacked by the Greenwings while his friend Teddy was mortally wounded by the time that human help arrived summoned by the birds’ frantic calls.

Sassy underwent beak repair to reshape the remaining keratin. This beak will not grow again as the damage affected the growth plate. After several weeks in the FL vet clinic hospital, Sassy gained weight, confidence and trust with the vet and vet staff there. Changes for Sassy’s life include a modified diet that is soft and nutritious. We make a mixture of grains, quinoa, sweet potato, and  finely chopped greens. He readily eats this breakfast mash. In the afternoon, he gets pellets, nuts out of shell, fruit and veggies that he can consume without difficulty.

Other than his unusual appearance as a result of this traumatic injury, Sassy’s a handsome and robust bird. He is ready to be in a home with a friend or family that will provide his special diet, keep him happy and enriched and give him a chance to live in a home. Sassy still needs a macaw sized cage. He fully enjoys time outside and his damaged beak does nothing to prevent him from sounding and behaving like a real macaw.

20 hours ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Hawkeye is a 38-year old Panama Amazon that hatched in Panama and lived with the same family for his entire life, moving with them to the United States. He came to us last December when his family, who dearly loved him, were not able to care for him anymore. Hawkeye quickly became known for being a virtuoso singer.

Jennifer came to us interested in adopting an Amazon parrot after her own amazon had passed away earlier this year. She had cared for that parrot, a wild-caught red-lored amazon, for 20 years. She found herself missing his company and decided that she'd like to provide a home to another amazon in need.

We thought that, given her many years of experience with an amazons, Hawkeye might be a good match. The two hit it off right away and, this weekend, Hawkeye and Jennifer started their new adventure together. We want to wish them many years and many songs of happiness!
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Hawkeye is a 38-year old Panama Amazon that hatched in Panama and lived with the same family for his entire life, moving  with them to the United States.  He came to us last December when his family, who dearly loved him, were not able to care for him anymore.  Hawkeye quickly became known for being a virtuoso singer.  

Jennifer came to us interested in adopting an Amazon parrot after her own amazon had passed away earlier this year.  She had cared for that parrot, a wild-caught red-lored amazon, for 20 years.  She found herself missing his company and decided that shed like to provide a home to another amazon in need.  

We thought that, given her many years of experience with an amazons, Hawkeye might be a good match.  The two hit it off right away and, this weekend, Hawkeye and Jennifer started their new adventure together.  We want to wish them many years and many songs of happiness!Image attachment

 

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One of the sub species of Yellow fronted Amazons.

Orange winged Amazon

He looks a lot like my Oscar. Congrats and enjoy each other.

Congratulations Jennifer and Hawkeye! May you have many happy years together and enrich one another's lives immensely!

I have a Panama amazon as well. They are very good talkers. and are so sweet mine is in his 40's

Wishing all many happy years❤️

what a wonderful story!

Looks almost like my bird

I love these stories!!

Happy for all of you.

wonderful news <3

How wonderful! Made my day!

How exciting,!

Awesome!

Congrats!!

We love our Panama Amazon

Thank you Jennifer for giving this beauty the love she deserves! I wish you many years together

Great news. He looks happy

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