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.

4 hours ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Who needs a guard dog when you can have a guard Cockatoo?

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My parrots bark all the time. It is so funny. Love it!!

*L*O*V*E*

Adorable!!!

Omg Mitchell Thomas I REALLY want a cockatoo! Lol

I'm watching this as I'm listening to Nutzy screeching and screaming in the background. This time of year he gets very vocal. Time to cover his cage LOL

We have a Jardine that barks when you say "sick 'em!"

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1 day ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Sometimes our resident birds just know best. This certainly holds true for Claude and Jasper. When Wendy from Boise was looking to add an African Grey to her flock she had an immediate connection with shy Claude, a long term resident here at The Gabriel Foundation. Jasper the Goffin's Cockatoo had his own plans, and he wasn't about to let her get away without him as well. 7 months later Wendy reports that both birds have settled in well and that Jasper has readjusted the entire household's bedtime to better suit his needs! Claude is a family favorite and has amazed everyone with his mimicry of different voices and random sounds. An adoption success!

If you would like to share your own TGF adoption success, please send your story with a few photos to [email protected]
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Sometimes our resident birds just know best.  This certainly holds true for Claude and Jasper.  When Wendy from Boise was looking to add an African Grey to her flock she had an immediate connection with shy Claude, a long term resident here at The Gabriel Foundation. Jasper the Goffins Cockatoo had his own plans, and he wasnt about to let her get away without him as well.  7 months later Wendy reports that both birds have settled in well and that Jasper has readjusted the entire households bedtime to better suit his needs! Claude is a family favorite and has amazed everyone with his mimicry of different voices and random sounds.  An adoption success!

If you would like to share your own TGF adoption success, please send your story with a few photos to wmarchant@thegabrielfoundation.org

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At TGF, we love news from our adopters and their flock.

Well....I always have said.....do not pick a particular bird as a companion. Let the bird pick you!

We missed out on a planned visit and with rare openings in our schedule, I'm very sad. But, with that being said, as soon as I have some vacation time, I'm taking a day and making an appointment.

Such great news! Love that they pick their own "family" Most happy for Jasper ❤️

They pick who they want! And those are the best matches! Congrats guys!

Great story....animals pick their humans.

luv these friends

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