Fuzzball

Bird ID: D2017002
Species: Cockatiel
Sex: Male
Sub-Species: Pied
Health Status: Special Needs
Good with Kids: Unknown
Well Socialized: Yes
Adoption Status: Foster on 2017-01-29

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Update 06/16/2017: Hi there! While I`ll always be mobility-challenged and will need special care, I`m making progress and getting stronger every day. Here`s a video of me walking around!

Fuzzball has deformed hips and legs which make it impossible for him to stand, walk or perch. He was surrendered after his owner was told he had scaly mites and to apply an insecticide to him. He immediately started plucking his feathers and getting sick. He was also malnourished from an all seed diet his whole life (about 7 years). Fortunately, birds don`t feel sorry for themselves and his will to live and his spirit has been a source of enjoyment for everyone that meets him.

In nature, cockatiels live in large flocks. A single bird in a cage spends much of his/her life being lonely because humans have things they must do that take them away. We therefore will only adopt a single cockatiel to a household if there is already at least one cockatiel living there. Otherwise, cockatiels must be adopted in groups of two or more.