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  • 22/08/2011 Make a Comment (3)
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AN 85-year-old cockatoo who has been a Coburg pet shop mascot for as long as anyone can remember has been kicked off his perch and ordered to live behind bars.

"Cocky" has enjoyed years of freedom greeting and amusing customers from his stand in Monika Jarosz's pet store.

But this month inspectors from the Department of Sustainability and Environment told her the elderly bird must be confined to a cage.

Ms Jarosz said Cocky had been a mascot of the Bird City store for the 15 years she had owned it, and probably much longer.

"He's well-known in the area and we have lots of kids coming in during the school holidays just to see him," Ms Jarosz said.

She said the outspoken bird became lonely when he wasn't around people.

Because of his advanced age Ms Jarosz said it was difficult for Cocky to adjust to living in a cage.

She said he had started self-mutilating, a sign of stress in cockatoos.

"How do you explain to a bird 'You've been out for years now you're not allowed out?' " she said.

"It's not fair. (He's) never attacked a person or done anything to compromise his position or mine."

A DSE spokeswoman said under the Wildlife Regulations Act 2002 all wildlife had to be kept in suitable enclosures to prevent their escape.

"The enclosures are also necessary to protect the wildlife from predators, and to resist access by people not authorised to handle that wildlife," she said.


    By:Charlie from WA, Australia on July 28, 2013 @ 8:57 am
    That is just selfish not fair and in a way it is animal cruelty!!!
    By:Brett Petrie from Sydney New South Wales, Australia on August 24, 2011 @ 11:43 am
    nice bird... leave it alone!! laws & pple can be so dumb at times!!
    By:Ben from Vic, Aust on August 23, 2011 @ 11:36 am
    Who was the moronic Wildlife Officer/s who reported it in the first place?

    Many in government departments are obviously brainless twits without any common sense or human compassion. These robotic types are typical government flunkies on high wages, maybe a degree and yet no brain.

    I'm sure if the Wildlife Officers had real concern for this cocky they would have given the owner a warning, notified her of the current legislation and advised her to make a special application for an exemption, without ever having to put this poor cocky in a cage at all.

    Well there you have it.

    Perhaps it is these officer/s who should should be locked in a cage, for not exercising their duty of care toward this rare, valued and cherished bird.

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