Sick as a tiny parrot ... but RSPCA at Eau Brink step in to save Helen and Steve
The Norfolk West RSPCA branch has been caring for two tiny parrotlets whose owner died.
The pair were not in the best condition after subsequently being looked after by someone who had the best intentions, but could not meet their needs.
The parrotlets, called Helen and Steven, have lost almost all their feathers through plucking themselves and each other through stress.
They had also been in a cage that was too small for them to fly.
The person who had taken them on asked the RSPCA Norfolk West branch for help - and the pair were taken in and are now being looked after at a specialist facility.
Once they have made a full recovery the branch will look to rehome them.
Carl Saunders, general manager at the branch’s Eau Brink Rehoming Centre, said: “It was pretty heart-breaking to see these two birds.
“Exotic pets such as parrots often end up in RSPCA care after people realise they're not easy to care for and they need a stimulating environment.
“The person who had tried to care for these birds had been doing their best - but did the right thing and asked for our help.
“Helen and Steven are already doing really well - once we had moved them to a larger space they started to move around and explore their new home.
“ As the parrotlets weren't able to fly before, it's important to increase the amount of space gradually and this new cage is just the first stage of their rehabilitation to help them build up their flight muscles again.
“It’s going to be a long road to recovery for these two but hopefully with the right care we will start to see them flourish!”
Parrots - including all species of parrotlets - are highly intelligent and can be very destructive. They need a stimulating environment, including plenty of "healthy" chewing opportunities, such as natural wood branches and suitable toys.
The RSPCA recommends that captive birds are housed in an aviary where possible but, if kept in a cage, it is essential that bird owners allow opportunity for plenty of free flight daily (at least 6 hours per day) by providing time outside the cage to carry out this natural behaviour. Anyone letting a pet bird have free flight within a house should ensure windows and doors are secured first, to prevent accidental escape.