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Phillipe The Early Years
By Sybil Erden,
Phillipe was one of the first Macaws to come to my home in 1997, in the days before The Oasis became a non-profit. We had already applied for incorporation and non-profit status, but things were far from complete. Rainbow, my very first Macaw (a young Scarlet) was already living with me, but as a captive bred bird, he was and would remain very different from older wild-caught and retired breeding birds…
I had made a friend with a man on an Internet chat list who worked for a huge breeding operation in Florida. On a trip to Ft. Lauderdale to visit family, I took a day to visit their facility. I learned a lot about the care of large numbers of birds (they had 1000 breeding pairs!) and have utilized much of what I learned to create some of our operating procedures for large scale feeding etc…but I digress...
Shortly after my visit I received a call from my friend telling me that his boss had two pairs of Macaws that were unproductive…and that he normally “euthanized” non-productive birds. These birds had a special place in his heart as they were his very first two pairs of birds. One pair were Blue and Gold Macaws, the other were Scarlets – Phillipe and Priscilla, his mate of over 20 years.
I was enthusiastic about taking these four birds in and before they arrived, I had two large cages, 6x20 feet built…the same size they were accustomed to. A couple of weeks later the cages arrived. A few days after that I went to the Phoenix airport to pick up the birds.
Phillipe and Priscilla were special from the very start. All four were older wild-caught birds, birds forced to “triple clutch” eggs for over 20 years. And while both pair were obviously dedicated to their mates, Phillipe was extraordinarily protective of his much beloved mate, Priscilla. He would spread his large wings around her every time anyone approached their domicile. Priscilla, I had learned, was about 10-20 years older than Phillipe. She was wracked by severe arthritis so we installed flat perches for her, something The Oasis still does for birds with foot problems. She also had obvious cataracts. Priscilla also could no longer eat holding food in her foot, so Phillipe would not eat that way either, and they ate like budgies or pigeons. Furthermore, since she could not crack nutshells, neither would Phillipe. He understood her limitations, but loved her with fierce devotion. I immediately felt that we humans had a lot to learn about love, marriage and monogamy from this pair….
We want to thank all of you who have phoned and sent emails about trying to vote for The Oasis in the new Animal Rescue Site Shelter Challenge. Due to circumstances beyond our control, an error was made and The Oasis Sanctuary was not included in this important Shelter Challenge - the first of 2013.