Funds Being Raised For An Aviary For Opal, A Rescued Yellow-Tailed Cockatoo

Her caregivers hope to teach Opal how to fly so she can return to her flock in the wild.

Do you remember Opal, the baby yellow-tailed cockatoo rescued by Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services Inc (WIRES) in New South Wales, Australia? (We covered the story here.) When Opal was first found, she wasn? doing so well and needed veterinary care. After some care, Opal began to improve, prompting her caregivers to take the video above.

Now Angela Robertson-Buchanan, a WIRES staff who took care of Opal, is trying to build the yellow-tailed cockatoo an aviary so she can start learning how to fly. Opal needs a lot of space to do it, according to Robertson-Buchanan, who has started trying to raise funds for the aviary.

According to Robertson-Buchanan? GoFundMe page:

“Three months on (& numerous vet visits) [Opal] is on the road to recovery, her X-rays are good but she still needs to get more agile on her feet and use her claws to hold things. She also now needs to practice flying & landing. This means that she needs a bigger space to do this. As I am still crop feeding her 3 x daily (she is not feeding herself enough to sustain her weight) she needs to stay with me as she is very used to this procedure and gets very stressed if anyone else does it to her!

She also needs to stay local as her flock have been to visit her and I would like to eventually return her to them. 

My plan is to build her a flight aviary in my spacious backyard, but as a wildlife carer and conservation photographer I don’t have the funds to do this, so would appreciate any donation to help fund this. I would like to have it built in a month.?lt;/span>

As of press time, $830 of $2,000 has been donated.

Find out more about Opal? story, see more pictures of Opal’s wild flock and learn more about the crowd-funding page at the GoFundMe page.

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