Columbia County will send parrot to Alabama bird sanctuary

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The wayward parrot captured last week in Evans has escaped euthanasia and might instead soon be en route to a sanctuary in Alabama.

The bird, identified as a Quaker parrot, was captured by Columbia County Animal Care and Control workers last Wednesday in the backyard of a home in Windmill Plantation. The species is considered an agricultural pest and is illegal to possess in Georgia, said Pam Tucker, Columbia County’s Emergency and Operations director.

No one has shown up at animal control to claim the parrot, though Mrs. Tucker said the county has received numerous inquiries from owners of missing birds all over the Southeast.

Because the Quaker parrot is illegal in Georgia and therefore unadoptable, animal control workers were set to euthanize the parrot this week. Instead, Mrs. Tucker said, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has agreed to release the bird to a parrot rescue organization in Alabama where the bird is legal.

Animal control will continue to keep the bird caged in its Appling facility until it is transferred to DNR, Mrs. Tucker said.

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TheGeorgian
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TheGeorgian 05/11/09 - 02:29 pm
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I applaud this decision even

I applaud this decision even if I am forced to wonder if a Quaker parakeet in the wild is really much of a threat to agriculture. Also, I am glad to know the type of bird in question as I lost a conure after Hurricane Wilma nearly four years ago and hundreds of miles south. Even so, I did wonder.....

Thanks for giving us the rest of the story.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/11/09 - 03:01 pm
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This is some wacky action for

This is some wacky action for a little bird. These little parrots are all over Florida and this one probably flew north. It's not that far for a migratory bird. Look for lots more of these little parrots in our area. I wonder if the next few thousand will cause the same confusion or if they'll become legal residents.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 05/11/09 - 03:54 pm
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Gee,out of all the things I

Gee,out of all the things I have learned in my short 49 years, I never knew that a species of Parrot is considered an agricultural pest in Georgia. I have never once saw one in a corn field , cotton field, etc., in all my travels across this state. From the farm fields in the Southwest corner of Georgia, the peanut snd tobacco patches of south Ga., all the way to the mountains of North Ga., I can never recall seeing a bright multi colored bird in a field and wondering what a Parrot was doing there. Now I know!

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galaxygrl 05/11/09 - 03:54 pm
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they would need green

they would need green cards......

BIGDADDY1
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BIGDADDY1 05/11/09 - 06:11 pm
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I wonder what the parrots

I wonder what the parrots reply was to this decision?

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 05/11/09 - 06:29 pm
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I believe it's religious

I believe it's religious persecution!

APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 05/11/09 - 10:11 pm
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Arrrg..who gots my parrot eh?

Arrrg..who gots my parrot eh?

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