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In issue 309 -
When an Older Parrot Has Never Learned Skilful Flight – Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens
In issue 309 -
Scarlet Macaws – were they really bred by indigenous people in the 12th century? Rosemary Low asks the question
In issue 309 -
Understanding the link between nutrition, hormonal behaviours and the avian endocrine system, Part 1 – The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran
In issue 309 -
The Yellow-eared Parrot – continues to expand its range in Colombia. By David Waugh, Correspondent, Loro Parque Fundación
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Shelby the Macaw

Spreads for web Parrots 278 4

By Carlie Thomas

Shelby the macaw is a young Blue and Gold macaw living in Bedfordshire with her owners Carlie and Dan who have two children each, Ben, Phebe, Kason and Elissa, and their dog and cat, Shadow and Elsa. It’s a full and busy household, and as you can imagine, it gets very noisy at times! But let’s go back a year to March 2020 to find out how Shelby came to be with this particular family.

In March 2020 Carlie’s Dad, John, sadly and unexpectedly passed away from complications around his lung cancer treatment. John played a vital role in Carlie’s life and the life of her two children Kason and Elissa and his passing had a huge impact on their lives. Carlie received a small amount of money from his passing, not enough to do anything spectacular with, and so she decided to use it on something that she could forever look at and remember her Dad by.

A macaw seemed the perfect choice in such a situation! Carlie had been researching and learning about macaws and how to keep them for almost 10 years, knowing that when the time is right she would bring one into her life. The perfect time never seemed to arrive as life took hold, things changed, finances never allowed etc, until now. Knowing that a macaw will live for 80 plus years, Carlie knew that it was now or never.

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