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Is that toy safe? asks Rosemary Low

Parrots magazine August 2011

Toys can provide hours of enjoyment and relieve the boredom that such inquisitive and playful birds can suffer.  But don’t think a parrot toy is safe just because it comes from a reputable catalogue or shop, as there can be hidden dangers in many items.  

Accidents, sometimes fatal, with parrot toys happen all the time, such as a parrot’s beak being stuck in the clapper of a bell.  A lory was nearly strangled by a toy on a chain, which held some wooden blocks and several plastic rings.  One ring was just the right size for the lory’s head to go through, and it would have been strangled had not the owner been there in time.  Many toys feature wooden or acrylic rings, which must be considered in relation to the size of your bird’s head - any dangers should be obvious.

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