Success Stories

Raising Alexi

Alexi - recovering at the IAR Centre
Recovering at the IAR
Alexi - a few weeks old
Alexi - a few weeks old
Recently a man presented himself at IAR outpatients with a small sick bird that he was seeking help with. It was a young parrot only a few weeks old and unable to even stand or feed it. It is illegal to keep any indigenous wild animal or bird in Goa, so this baby was taken into the safe custody of the rescue center. He was identified as an Alexandrian Parakeet, not a native bird of Goa but originating from elsewhere in India where this baby was probably stolen from its mother.

His future was uncertain but the IAR team knew they had to do all they could to nurture this parrot and help him survive. He was named Alexi and all the staff, but particularly Manic and Abbey, took turns to feed and administer water at very regular intervals. Alexi soon began to grow and thrive but his appetite and social demands grew with him. Consequently at present he is being fostered at a safe home nearby where his needs are catered for. As closely as possible to mimic the relationship he would have had back in the wild with his parents who would be in attendance for up to three years, the age when an Alexandrine becomes mature and independent.

After weeks of being hand fed, Alexi is now helping himself to his favorite foods, which are at present, mango, guava, chilies and lightly poached dahl with peas and carrots cut into Alexi manageable beak size pieces. He just loves to be touched and likes to climb, chew, and flap his growing wings and bounce and chuckle with joy at bath time.

As Alexi is not a domestic creature it would be lovely to eventually release him into the wild, but there are no others of his species here in Goa and he has become tame and domesticated as a result of IAR saving him his future may be in a suitable sanctuary where he can maybe live for as long as the next four decades.