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Neglected Parrot Plucks Out All Its Feathers Due to Stress

Although Javi is already on her way to recovery, it is not known whether her feathers will grow back.


It is not unusual for birds to pluck their feathers to groom and preen themselves. However, this could turn into a serious behavioral disorder when they are stressed.

Take for instance, Hobby, a neglected parrot who nearly lost all of its feathers because of feather plucking that became a self-harming habit.

After being mistreated by her owners who treated her as a hobby, thus her name, the parrot was found by rescuers smelling like “rotting rubbish and stale cigarettes”.

Before things could even get worse, the abused parrot was adopted by Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary in Kansas in Texas.


Photo credit: Mirror UK

To mark a new chapter in the female parrot’s life, her caretakers renamed her Javi, pronounced “Ha-vee”.

No living being should be someone’s hobby,” Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary said on its Facebook post.

A month has passed since Javi was rescued and evidently she is much happier. The once neglected parrot, who is now full of personality and love, enjoys getting her head scratched.

She is becoming more confident and loves to explore as long as I’m close by,” they wrote on the sanctuary’s Facebook page.

Although Javi is already on her way to recovery, it is not known whether her feathers will grow back.

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According to, feather plucking disorder is commonly observed in birds that are either overactive, bored, or display anxiety or aggressive behaviors.

Other underlying causes include emotional stress, skin infections and inflammations, feather cyst disease, parasite infection, allergies, liver disease, cancer, malnutrition, metabolic disorders, lack of natural sunlight and fresh air, and disturbance in the regular light and dark cycles of the bird.

In most cases, more than one medical treatment is necessary to fully remedy plucking. Moreover, behavioral therapy and changing the bird’s environment would help in treating the bird’s feather plucking.


Source: Mirror UK, PetMD, Facebook


Epic Battle for Survival Between a Shark and an Octopus

In a battle between two powerful, sea creatures, who do you think would win?

Sharks are fierce, strong, and scary. The minute it bites its prey with its sharp teeth, you’ll know that there’s no escape and that you’ve seen the last of its victim. Sharks are at the top of the food chain, and no one doubts that.

Dogfish sharks are not considered dangerous; however, they do have sharp teeth that can seriously injure its prey. Also, the spines on their dorsal fins are slightly poisonous. Dogfish sharks otherwise called skittle dog, spotted dogfish, cod shark, white-spotted dogfish, thorndog, or piked dogfish, predominantly feed on fish, although they eat squid and octopus too.

In a huge aquarium where dogfish sharks and other sea creatures such as this giant, pacific octopus dwell, you’ll probably think that the sharks have plenty to prey on. However, the staff wondered why shark carcasses keep turning up, so they decided to set up cameras to solve the conundrum.

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Sea Lion’s Adorable Reaction When Little Girl Accidentally Tumbles

This little girl seems to have formed an instant friendship with this sea lion.

If your children can’t get enough of their stuffed animals, taking them to a zoo can be a fantastic idea. Many parents in fact consider trips to the zoo as an effective educational tool and bonding activity. Besides, it’s always a joy to witness the wonder and amazement in the eyes of the little ones as they see their favorite animals for the first time.

And then adorable stuff like this sometimes happens.

This little girl seems to have formed an instant friendship with this sea lion.

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Adorable Dog Rescues Her Stuffed Toy From Washing Machine

Well, they’re called ‘retrievers’ for a reason.


It's not only little kids who have stuffed buddies - our four-legged furry friends also have them too.

This cute golden retriever has a stuffed teddy bear which she carries everywhere she goes. She snuggles with it during sleeping time and plays with it especially when her humans are not around. Which is why she was deeply saddened to discover her stuffed friend missing one day. Little did she know that her humans gave her toy a bath - in the washing machine.

Upon realizing the reason for her toy's disappearance, the adorable golden retriever went out for a search-and-rescue operation which culminated with her finding the precious toy in the wash tub. Luckily, her humans filmed her in the act of snatching her toy away from the sudsy chamber.

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