Mr. Magoo’s Very Good Year

 Magoo bobbing and weaving on his play frame

Magoo bobbing and weaving on his play frame

Once blind, Moluccan cockatoo Mr. Magoo underwent cataract surgery in one eye (thanks to our veterinary team and to “The Crazy Bird Ladies” fundraising group) almost three years ago. His long, slow road to recovery has brought deep joy to staff and volunteers at the sanctuary this year.

 Magoo hiding and shredding his box on the floor

Magoo hiding and shredding his box on the floor

After surgery, he stayed in a cardboard box in a cage, with his friend Lucy nearby. His cage was moved to different areas in the sanctuary, then he joined a large open aviary and began to live in a series of boxes on the floor with no cage, and five or six other cockatoos nearby.

 Magoo on a play frame

Magoo on a play frame

 Magoo (left), Lucy (right)

Magoo (left), Lucy (right)

Then early this December he ventured away from the safety of his box, climbed up the side of a cage, and made his way out on to a play frame. Volunteers and staff alike marveled at his new-found courage, visiting the North Park aviaries to witness what once seemed impossible.

 Magoo defends his territory

Magoo defends his territory

 Magoo back home, napping

Magoo back home, napping

He still lunges and postures when a human comes near, but he is now well on his way to a life of independence. Well done, Magoo—what a happy way to end 2015!

Read Mr. Magoo’s history here, and please consider supporting Foster Parrots to help all our birds achieve lives of individuality and peace.