Candy and Paul Oliver’s Garrett home is a busy place. The Oliver’s run a parrot rescue service and right now their house is home to seven injured birds. “They say when you have a bird you have a three year old for life” says Candy. “So we got seven three year olds. I have one that has no beak, I have one that has lead poisoning extremely bad.”
The Oliver’s' rescue exotic birds, mostly parrots, from bad homes. Like a recent call they got from the local police. “And they just busted a crack house and they said we have two very abused birds.” ‘Baby’ is one of Candy’s favorites. She’s an adult parrot with two broken wings. She has plucked herself of almost all her feathers. She’s also malnourished and has cataracts both eyes. Parrots are very smart animals and need constant attention, something many inexperienced bird owners don't understand. When parrots don't get the affection they need they turn self-destructive. And they're extremely sensitive. Candy recently underwent surgery for breast cancer. “The bird never left my pillow for three days,” she says. “She took care of me. I've been there I've done that I know when you're hurting how bad it is. And you just need somebody to say it's gonna be okay and I think these birds know it's gonna be okay.”
Most of the time the damage from abuse can be healed. It requires constant love, constant assurance. Once a patient is healed Candy and Paul find it a good home. It's a two way street, this person/bird relationship...each has much to give the other...and gives it freely, in this house anyway. Eric Olson reporting out in ‘Your Country’.
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