Alex is a mature Umbrella Cockatoo but his age is unknown. He is a “ransom parrot” in the true sense of the phrase. He was found languishing in a home where aggressive dogs were being bred. The house was full of smokers as well as puppy-mill kennels. A donor of The Oasis Sanctuary had identified this bird’s plight and she paid hundreds of dollars to free him from the home. We changed the Umbrella’s name to Alex in hopes we could protect him in the event the family decided to renege on the deal. That was 2004. With proper care, nutrition and veterinary attention Alex recovered from the adverse effects of his previous home. Today he is an assertive and active male cockatoo who lives in our Male Cockatoo Aviary.