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Members of the San Francisco wild parrot flock end up in the Mickaboo system for many reasons:

  • They have an unknown neurological disease that makes them too dizzy to perch or fly. They get ill, are unable to keep up with the flock or to eat, and they fall to the ground.

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When the parrots come to Mickaboo, we immediately arrange for necessary veterinary care.  Because treatment of the neurological illness and breaks is extensive, we often spend more than $1,000 on their initial care.  Once they are stable enough to live in a foster home, we place them with volunteers who hand feed the babies, socialize the adults, and continue administering prescribed medication.

The Betsy and Sam Reeves Medical Fund for the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

At the end of 2006, Mickaboo received a grant from the Reveas Foundation that enabled us to set up The Betsy and Sam Reeves Medical Fund for the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.  Since we received that grant, it has funded the treatment of:

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Wild Parrots Helped by Mickaboo

 

 

 

 

Doodle
Adopted

Hunter
Adopted

 

Ellis
Adopted

Geneva
Adopted

Ferdinand
Adopted

Gillespie
Adopted

Grendel/Connor
Adopted

Harrison
Deceased

Fillmore
Deceased

Heather
Adopted

Paco
Adopted

Peter Pan
Adopted

Lombard
Adopted

Willow
Adopted

Powell and Hyde
Adopted

Monty and Sonoma
Adopted

Griffith
Adopted

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Francisco
Adopted

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Grant
Deceased

Sutter
Deceased

Jasper
Adopted

Davis
Deceased

Serge
Deceased

Isabella
Deceased

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Tara
Deceased

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Taylor
Deceased

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Cassandra
Deceased

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Washington
Deceased

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Mason
Deceased

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Jackson
Deceased

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Spice
Deceased

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The Neurological Illness

The birds of the flock who come in with the neurological issues rarely survive long in our care.  By the time they come to us, they are not only sick but are often dehydrated and starving too.  When one of these birds dies, despite all the best medical care we can provide, a necropsy is done.  Each of these exams has indicated traces in the brain that show that parasitic larvae have made it into the brain, causing irrepairable damage.  Often the damage is severe, other times it can be overcome by the bird.  Paco is our best example of the latter, although Gillespie is doing much better now too.  For ongoing information about our research into this disease, please read our entries on this subject at the blog we maintain about MIckaboo's interaction with the flock, here:  http://wild-parrots.livejournal.com/tag/neurological+illness

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How You Can Help

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