Clyde is an Eastern Rosella parrot! After living in a cage for over 12 years, Clyde stretched his wings this morning at the Bloedel Conservatory and took his first unimpeded flight in over a decade!
Clyde just before release: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcZsz9k3G-s
Clyde Free at Last! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAr0Tabf6r4
Vancouver Sun Video: Rare Eastern Rosella Parrot Flies Free: http://bit.ly/hx57ba
About 12 years ago, Clyde flew into the open doors of a fire station managing to escape gangs of crows that would have taken his life had he stayed in the wild. After an extensive search for his owners, one of the firemen adopted Clyde and gave him a loving home. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Clyde was recently given to the Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary in need of new living arrangements. Greyhaven felt the Conservatory was a perfect match for this lovely fellow and it is! Clyde flew free this morning to a chorus of cheers from Park Board staff, Friends of the Bloedel and the media. Come out to see this spectacular exotic parrot and welcome him to his new home!
Eastern Rosella’s are native to southeast Australia and Tasmania and have been introduced to New Zealand. They average about 30 cm (11 inches) in length. It is difficult for these parrots to imitate human speech, but they are excellent at whistling. Clyde will be in very good company at Bloedel as he will join over 100 other diverse free-flying birds who have found refuge in this wondrous garden jewel.
The Greyhaven Bird Sanctuary is the only SPCA certified bird rescue organization in BC. They provide sanctuary, rehabilitation and consultations with their avian vet when health care issues arise for the birds in their care. Every year, hundreds of pet birds are bred in captivity in British Columbia and end up being surrendered for adoption. The average bird in B.C. will go through 7 homes in it’s lifetime. You can help Greyhaven by checking out their website and/or by voting for their shelter in the Animal Rescue Site Holiday Challenge to help them win a much needed $1,000 grant. Greyhaven is a fully volunteer-based organization and have rescued over 1,000 birds since opening in 1998.
Be sure to come by and meet Clyde, this beautiful Rosella, at the Conservatory!