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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Oscar the Naked Cockatoo

Above is a video of an unfortunate ill cockatoo named Oscar. She has a disease called “beak and feather” which is caused by an unusual virus that attacks the immune system. This disease gets Oscar irritated the moment her feathers grow in. Eventually, because she couldn’t take it anymore, she tends to pull her feathers out. As a result, she turns into a naked bird.

Actually, Oscar is not yet fully naked. She still has few feathers left on her neck and head. The reason? Well, she just can’t reach them, that’s all.

Oscar is a girl cockatoo. It was a year before it was determined, through a blood test, that what they thought was male, was truly female, and it was too late to change names. If they can still change her name, I would prefer to baptize her as “Oscara”, “Oscarina” or “Emmy” (for Emmy Awards..haha..nonsense).

She’s been living here in this world for 12 years now. I think that’s long existence already for a bird. Sooner or later, her disease will damage her nails and beak and finally, will take her life. How sad...I guess that’s life.

Anyways, if you wanna visit Oscar personally, just head towards the Humane Society of Broward County. Just make sure to do it as soon as possible. You might catch her dead if you’ll do it on the last minute.

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Anonymous said...

The Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary (, or 805.969.1944)uses kevlar vests to prevent feather-plucking and self-mutilation.
These people do wonderful work. It's rather like Parrot Jungle in Miami but on a smaller scale.