Abandoned macaw found outside RI Parrot Rescue, organization says
A “frightened” blue and gold macaw is safe at the Rhode Island Parrot Rescue after it was found outside the rescue facility in Warwick, the non-profit organization said Wednesday.
The Blue and Gold Macaw, now named "Midnight," was discovered by Corrie Butler on the railing along the steps leading to her home, which is located near the rescue facility in Warwick.
"I walk out to my deck, look down and there's a blue and gold macaw way down at the bottom of the railing just kind of looking up at me," Butler, who manages the facility, told NBC 10 News.
Butler said she discovered the bird around midnight August 21. She said it appeared scared and confused. It's not clear who dropped the bird off or why.
"I can only assume that someone was trying to do the right thing," Butler said. "At least they brought her to a parrot rescue."
Butler believes Midnight is a young, female macaw in good health. The bird was not banded, which is required by state law for this kind of bird.
"She takes treats nicely, she has a vocabulary so we do know she was probably loved and cared for at some point," Butler said.
Macaw's are the largest parrots. They're colorful, exotic birds native to tropical North and South America.
Butler said Midnight knows how to say, “Hello,” “Get out,” Go,” and knows how to dance.
She loves snacks, like nuts and grapes, and is getting plenty from Butler and her volunteer staff at the rescue facility, which is funded exclusively through donations and adoption fees.
Midnight is in quarantine for at least the next 30 days. She'll be checked out by a vet and when she's healthy enough, be ready for adoption.
Butler said one of her volunteers lives nearby and noticed something strange around the time the bird was discovered. She said nearby security cameras didn't capture any helpful video related to this case.
"He had seen an SUV pull into the parking lot, park beside my vehicle and walk towards my back gate," Butler said. "He just thought it was someone coming to see me, so he didn't think anything of it."
It's illegal under Rhode Island law to abandon animals. But in this case, it's unclear if the person intended to leave the bird in good hands.
Butler hopes someone will come forward soon and give Midnight a new home.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Rhode Island Parrot Rescue.
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