As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 4 March 2020

Vet Gives Parrot Prosthetic Wings To Fly After Owner Cuts Them Too Short

Owner severely trimed the primary wings of a twelve-week-old green cheeked parakeet parrot that caused the bird physical pain and made it flightless.

Written By Zaini Majeed | Mumbai | Updated On: February 27, 2020 20:10 IST

A 31-year-old vet reportedly gave a parrot prosthetic wings to be able to fly again after the owner ended up trimming the bird’s primary wings. The twelve-week-old green cheeked parakeet named Wei Wei was injured and could not fly due to its deeply clipped feathers.

According to the reports, the bird was brought at The Unusual Pet Vets in Brisbane, Australia, where Veterinarian doctor Catherine Apuli performed the surgery to affix prosthetic wings on Wei Wei’s body. She used some donated feathers, glue, and toothpicks to create prosthetic wings. The procedure known as ‘imping’ was used to repair the damaged primary wings of the bird, and it was able to fly again.
Severely clipped wings

The veterinarian told the media that the parrot's wings were severely clipped that caused the bird physical pain. It wasn’t ascertained whether a breeder or the previous owner chopped off the bird's wings. She further added that the base of the bird’s feathers allowed the entry of the wooden toothpick on which fake feathers could be attached.

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