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RIO, the psychotic cockatoo

In December 2013 Dr Dorianne Elliott of the Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital at Onderstepoort asked me if I would take on a psychotic cockatoo and attempt to rehabilitate it. The bird had had multiple owners and was taken into the practise to be euthenised. Dr Elliott

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Andean Condor

The Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) is found in the Andes mountains in South America. It has the largest wingspan of any bird, averaging 3.2 metres or 10.5 feet. It only hatches one chick every other year, so the survival of this endangered bird relies on captive breeding

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Jacquie’s lion capture

Many people in the animal world get caught in strange situations. A friend of mine, Jacquie, is a veterinary nurse, and works for an organisation that gets called in from time to time to confiscate animals that are being kept illegally. On one occasion her team was

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Training Tusker

When one is enthusiastic and has just learnt a new skill, one is always keen to put the new-found knowledge to the test. I am no exception to this phenomenon. I had been experimenting with clicker training for just a few years, when a wonderful opportunity presented

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The Arrival of Oscar

In a previous tale on this site I explained how we came to get a Medium Sulpher Crested Cockatoo, which we named Noodle. A few months ago, a friend down in Kwa Zulu Natal asked if we would be interested in having her sons’ Umbrella Cockatoo as

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Plucky the Parrot

Plucky the Parrot Written by my mother, Ruth Quinton (who insists on calling Noodle “Plucky” because the parrot used to self-mutilate) There once was a parrot named Plucky Who truly lived up to her name: However her keepers abused her She was really remarkably tame. They trimmed

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Noodle’s Story

One day I got a call from the zoo asking whether I’d be interested in trying to rehabilitate a cockatoo. This bird was 14 years old and had been surrendered to the zoo by her owner, who just couldn’t handle her any more. For some reason this

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Training Coco the Capuchin Monkey

Coco is a Capuchin monkey with a very inquisitive personality. She loves to open cupboards and throw the contents on to the floor. The fridge is especially enticing, as things break and squish once hurled out. Very rewarding indeed for a naughty little monkey, especially as this

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Komodo Dragon

One of the animals I was asked to work with at the Zoo was a Komodo Dragon. What an honour!! At the time there was only one in the country. The Dragon had been a present from Indonesia to the then President Mandela. Komodo dragons are the

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OKAPI

What a thrill to be asked to train an Okapi!! These animals hail from North Africa and are shy creatures of the forest. Their coats have lovely white stripes on them to help break up their outline so that they are not so easily visible to predators.

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Maxine Quinton
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