One day we took a call
from a lady who asked if we could take in Jack. He had
been in the family longer than anyone could remember, but his owner had recently
Jack had always lived in
an outside aviary with his mate Jill. They had a tea chest for shelter and had
bred once, digging a hole in the ground in which to rear the chick. Jack had
allowed the youngster to stay for quite a long while, but eventually decided
enough was enough so the young one had to become a family pet.
only just lived to the age of 12 as he had been given whisky to drink every night,
probably to his cost.
Unfortunately, Jack's mate
Jill died 15 years ago. Jill's absence and his consequent loneliness caused Jack
so much stress that he gradually nibbled away both of his own feet. What kind of
owner could allow such as thing to happen ? Not only that,
he had also become blind in his right eye.
When Jack arrived at
Safehaven on 23 July 2000, we were faced with two problems: how would he take to
living in a cage after the freedom of an aviary and how could we care for such
a disabled bird who was not at all tame in anyway?
Fortunately, Jack somehow
clambers around his cage very well and can even balance well enough to sleep on
one leg with his head on his back. In the beginning, he would cry most pitifully
because he was so scared but he is making progress and will come to the front of
the cage to take food now instead of cowering at the
back of the cage.
He enjoys sitting on the
top of his cage watching the other Macaws through a glass window, and, when he
is ready we will gently introduce him to some of the other elderly residents.
Jack is now playing with bits of wood and is eating well to date. We are giving
him lots of tender loving care and attention and he is rewarding us with his
The summer we experienced in 2013 was too much for poor old Jack and several times we thought we were going to lose him, but he`s a strong bird, though he fell from his cage several times and showed stress from the heat.