R.O.A.R. Squad: Jeffrey and his parrot, Sebastian

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Do you guys ever check out TED: Ideas Worth Spreading (it stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design)? You should, they have fantastically inspiring speakers presenting on every topic imaginable… FOR FREE. Wicked.

ROAR Squad: Jeffrey and his rescue bird, Sebastian.

Juliana Machado Ferreira has a talk called The fight to end rare-animal trafficking in Brazil. This was the first time I had heard about the plight of exotic birds and the importance of providing them with forever homes. 
LONG STORY LONG. SO! When Jeffrey asked if he could be part of the R.O.A.R. Squad I was ALL A’ FLAP at the chance to help add Jeff’s voice to the importance of rescuing birds that are so often originally obtained in an untoward fashion. 
Presenting our first feathery R.O.A.R. Squad member: Jeffrey Fine (non-feathery) and his Blue & Gold Macaw, Sebastian (the feathery one)!
I loved Jeffrey’s heartfelt note. Here it is: 
Wild Side: I went to Harley’s Haven to see a Blue & Gold Macaw, but when we arrived we were told that the bird we wanted was not as rehabilitated as originally thought. She said she had just taken in another Macaw, but he had many issues, the first and foremost he wouldn’t allow anyone to touch, and he would become extremely aggressive. She brought him out on a perch stick, which was the only way he would allow to be moved.
Meant For Each Other: I am not sure what it was, but I could feel that this bird wanted me to pick him up, when I reached out for him the woman said she couldn’t be responsible if he bit me. He came immediately to me, and allowed me to do just about anything I wanted.
And The Rest Was History (+ much cursing): It’s 2 years now, and he is amazing. My wife can handle him, he gives kisses, and talks up a storm. The only issue is that at times he has the vocabulary of a drunken sailor! I am not sure who rescued who, but Sebastian makes every day better for me! (Editors note: Awwwwwwww!)
Age: Sebastian is 7 years old (Editors note: Macaws can live well over 60 years. If someone has a good link for more information on parrots, please include it in the Comments section below).
Super Wicked Peep: I am a survivor of 11 heart attacks, and on August 1, 2009, I received a new heart!

Where: Massachusetts

Want to check out a R.O.A.R. Squad member with a… cat (come on… Sebastian is a bird and I’m suggesting you check out a cat… it’s kinda funny… kinda…)? This pet is a Sebastian too! Head on over to Amy and her cat, Sebastian.

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12 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Jeffrey and his parrot, Sebastian”

  1. SkyeHeather says:

    Amazing article about animal minds: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/03/animal-minds/virginia-morell-text (it’s loooong, so keep clicking “continue” at the page bottom)

    The focal point is a parrot named Alex. A researcher trained him to talk so that she could ask him about his world. Fascinating. He even invented his own words. Although he never spent a second in the wild, he eventually told his trainer that what he wanted in life was to go to the tree that he could see from his home in the lab (that part made me cry, not gonna lie).

  2. laura says:

    I think it’s wonderful that the ROAR SQUAD is representing all animals! I read years ago about how exotic birds were handled. They were taken from the wild, stuffed into ‘toilet paper’ type tubes ‘en masse’ and then flown to pet stores. The lucky ones survived.
    I love Jeffrey’s story and I hope he and Sebastion have many happy years together!!!

  3. Great to see birds in the mix – I love watching this grow!

  4. Kari says:

    Parrots are beauitful, I don’t think people realize what a commitment they are

  5. @Kari- I know- some parrots can live up to 100 years! Huge commitment- I had no idea.

  6. @SkyeHeather- I read that National Geo article you linked to. Wow. Makes me want to go home and teach my dogs a bunch of new tricks… really great reminder that our pets need to be *engaged.* Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Holy cow, Shauna, I learned so much from this post!

    1. That Macaws can live over 60 years. DUDE.
    2. That there are lots of exotic birds looking for forever homes. I had no idea.
    3. The expression “all a’flap,” which I plan to use, like 25 times over the next 5 days.

    Jeffrey and Sebastian have a great story!

  8. What a great story! I don’t know much about Rescue Parrots.

  9. @Katherine- THANK YOU for giving “a’flap” the kind of recognition it deserves. I believe I googled it… didn’t find it… realized I INVENTED A WORD… and really I haven’t looked back.

    Wishing for you moments to get all a’flap about.


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