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Photos: Parrot rescuers try to improve birds’ lives

Posted Feb 21, 2012

By hbennett

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With lots of smarts and long lives, parrots were once favored by Baby Boomers, but more of the former pets are now wild, passed from owner to owner or ignored altogether in cramped cages without the feathered mates they crave, rescuers said.

Karen Windsor, executive director of Foster Parrots, which runs a sanctuary in Hope Valley, R.I., hears just about every excuse for giving up a parrot: divorce, marriage, babies, kids leaving home, kids moving back, “the bird hates me,” age, disease.

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