“What do you mean I have fungus? Yuck!”
Poor Jeb didn’t know that a fungus called aspergillosis had taken over his body. In fact, nobody knew, which is common with this fungus. Often a bird shows no symptoms until it’s too late, and they suddenly die.
But, thank goodness Jeb’s was caught. And thank goodness he came to Best Friends, where thanks to Guardian Angels, the lengthy and expensive treatment is something we can provide.
Jeb originally had a loving home. But his person needed surgery, and the powder down on his feathers became dangerous to her respiratory health. As a side note, some parrots, especially cockatoos and greys, have powder down feathers. These are little fluffy feathers underneath the feathers you see. The purpose of these feathers is to disintegrate into a powder (very similar to talcum powder). The bird uses the powder to groom and keep his feathers in top condition. But the powder is also hard on the respiratory system — especially for humans. So Jeb went to a parrot rescue group, and the group discovered his fungus problem. They felt they could help more birds if they didn’t use all their resources on one, so they asked Best Friends if we could save this fellow’s life.
And thanks to you, that’s just what we’re trying to do.
So as he gets his treatment over the next year with nebulizers and medications, and we try to remove all the fungus spores from his lungs, please hold him in your hearts and wish this intelligent Congo African grey as speedy a recovery as possible!