“Our pet escaped, help!”

February 5th, 2015 | by LubosTomiska
“Our pet escaped, help!”

The summer season is a perfect time to expose your pet bird to feel the sunshine. That’s why we often put parrot cages out of the house to the garden. Or at least we open windows and let ventilate the room. Unfortunately, we forget that such activities raise the possibility of our pet escape. Many cages have an insufficient safety lock and the parrots are not stupid. Sometimes it can happens easily that we open the window and forget about a flying parrot in the room as well.

If our pet was outside of the cage or the cage is not behind closed windows then we should be always around and check the parrot. Never underestimate its inventiveness! It’s the same like your child. Your constant supervision is necessary!


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Blue-crowned Conure. Photo: (c) Richard. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


We can read on social networks about asks for help to find escaped parrots. Mostly there isn’t mentioned the cause of that escape. Only information about a place and direction of flight. However, such information would be a great lesson for other breeders! Most of pet lovers don’t actually realize the possibility of an escape and behave too risky! And it isn’t worth it as catching of any bird can always take several days and costs much energy.

What can happen outside to a parrot which escaped because of our inattention? Small species with dull colors have smaller chance to be catched of course and mostly they are not. Large and colorful parrots are conspicious and often attract people attention. Let’s try to empathize with parrots. They spend their whole life in a cage where bowls full of food and water are always available. Suddenly, they are lonely, absolutely disoriented.



The death can be very fast

The survival of smaller species is mostly dependent on climate, their flying skills and the luck, of course. Curiosity or hunger can bring them to a garden or a balcony where somebody will catch it. Within good climate conditions can survive days, maybe weeks or months. In the opposite case, the stress, hunger and hypothermia will kill it soon. Finally, that bird will pay, not its owner. So don’t forget to be careful!

Title photo: Military Macaws (Wiki Commons, © Jean-Raphaël Guillaumin)


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