Parrots captured after hurricane Maria being released
FeaturedLocalNews Parrots captured after hurricane Maria being released by: Dominica Vibes News – February 15, 2018 Tweet Share 376 Views no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Jaco ParrotDue to the passage of Hurricane Maria the Forestry Wildlife and Parks Division in collaboration with The International Fund for Animal Welfare took the task of the rehabilitation of parrots found after the storm.The Forestry, Wildlife and National Parks Division has now confirmed that four of the fifteen birds which were brought into their facilities following the hurricane’s passage have already been released back to the wild, according to Assistant Forest Officer for Environmental Education, Norma Anthony in an interview with Dominica Vibes on Thursday 15 February, 2018. “We think it’s important to release the birds because since Hurricane Maria we don’t really know the population. So we can’t keep what we have rehabilitated. We have to release them to make sure the population increase,” she explained. So far four redneck Jacos have been released in the heights of Salisbury. She added that all the birds captured were not injured adding that those who had injuries, mostly to their wings were treated with the assistance of IFAW surgeons. The Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division is soliciting the aid of the public in assisting these birds survive in the wild.Anthony said a lot of the trees these birds fed on were destroyed by hurricane Maria. She noted that right now they are currently feeding on the zeng zeng or what is known as the Wild Tamarind. “We want to tell people be mindful; when you’re clearing your properties…[the] zeng zeng trees leave a few for the parrots to feed on,” she urged. Anthony added that metal bands have been placed on the legs of the birds and once they have been released, the Forestry Division will be able to monitor them.