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.
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.
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.