Staples: the dangers

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One of our members wrote in with the following warning:

Fred, our Senegal parrot, was rummaging about on the settee next to me last evening, 'helping' to sort out papers. Suddenly he went quiet and was picking at his beak with his claws and then he came up onto my lap. Horror of horrors, he had managed to dislodge a staple from a magazine and it had caught itself firmly to the inside and outside of his lower mandible. I could not shift it and, worried that I could make a bad situation worse, I phone the emergency vet (the PDSA hospital - this was at about 9.45 at night!).

The vet said that she did not have much experience with exotics and asked how friendly he was. It was decided that it would be best to anaesthetise him to remove the staple as it would be less stressful for him. She said it would only take a couple of minutes.

Fifteen minutes later she came back to see us, by which time we were both panicking, to say that all was well. Evidently, as soon as the cage was open Fred was out investigating the room and it had taken them ten minutes to catch him. She said he would probably be sleepy - no chance. The nurse told me that on bringing Fred round from anaesthesia that his eyes snapped open as soon as they called 'Fred'!

All was well that ended well. The trip to the vets cost £115, but what can you do? These little fellows are dependent on us for their well being. I thought we had covered all bases to protect our little one - so the moral of the tale is that if it's there a parrot will find it!

Fred had a lucky escape and it certainly has taught us a lesson in extra vigilance.

From Joy Jahans