By Shannon Lane @shannonroselane
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Videographer / Director: Eve Butler
Producer: Shannon Lane, James Thorne
Editor: James Thorne
Fefe’s previous owner had kept her in bad conditions, with a lack of stimulation and poor nutrition. Sadly this lead to the little cockatoo plucking out her feathers.
Fortunately the 16-year-old parrot was adopted by nurse, Eve Butler, one and a half years ago.
Eve, from Miami, Florida, said: "She was relinquished to Parrot Outreach Society by a woman who had to care for her sick mother and could no longer care for Fefe. I am her third owner.
"It was my understanding when the women prior to me got her she was three years old and was already plucking her feathers.
"I am a volunteer at Parrot Outreach and fell in love with her as soon as she came in. The funny thing is she has fallen in love with my husband. Every waking moment she wants to be with him!”
Fefe’s hair follicles are so damaged that the feathers will never grow back on her head and back. Owner Eve even tried to put little clothes on the featherless bird to prevent her from plucking.
She said: "She has had the flower petal collars and different ponchos. I even made little sock sweaters for her. But she hated them. It would take her about five minutes to figure out how to get the poncho off and she would unravel the sock sweaters.
"The petal collars stayed on a little longer but you could tell how miserable she was. My husband and I finally decided to quit putting her through misery just to try to get her feathers to grow back. We love her just the way she is.”
According to the organisation In Defense of Animals, the companion parrot has 'joined the ranks alongside the most discarded, homeless pets in America'. They further reported that 'parrots are surrendered or sold and live in at least five homes before dying prematurely or finding their forever home'.
Owner Eve said: "This is a very serious issue that I am passionate about. There is a lot of misinformation out there on the complexities of owning a parrot and the fact that they are not domesticated animals.
"People frequently buy them on impulse without researching their needs. Then when the parrot fails to meet their expectation that is when the abuse, neglect, and relinquishment occur."
Fefe now has a loving family who accept her with all her quirks, however others aren’t so lucky.
Eve said: "Unfortunately many of the birds that pluck their feathers do not get adopted. People want the perfect bird with beautiful feathers.
"Fefe was one of the lucky ones. She brings us such immense joy. My purpose for putting her in Instagram was to show people that birds can still be beautiful without feathers.”