Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Afoot on Kerrera 11

One of the last things you'd expect to find on a Scottish island are parrots. As I was returning to the ferry from Gylen a couple of years ago I came across the Island Parrot Sanctuary. Many of the birds here were rescued after years of living in cages or closets. When I asked why one of the parrots was missing a foot, they told me the awful way that the parrot hunters captured birds. As bait they'd super glue a parrot by the foot to a tree branch. Its cries would draw other parrots in to see what was wrong, and as they did they were captured.

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