He Duct Taped His Cockatoos Feet To The Floor

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The following was part of an answer to the following Quora question.

“What would be a bird’s reaction if we tied a helium balloon to their legs (that would make them float)? What about a bat? How would they adapt? QUESTION DETAILS IN COMMENTS”

At some point in the very short response I saw these words

“Someday, I’ll tell you about the time I duct taped his feet to the kitchen floor to prevent him from chasing mine”.

Full text of my Quora (now deleted) comment:


Are you freakin’ kidding me?


That’s one of the dumbest and most dangerous things that I’ve heard.


First of all the bird could’ve easily broken a toe, an ankle or leg, especially if it panicked trying to get released.


The most outrageous thing is that you intentionally introduced an adhesive substrate on an animal with feathers.


What if the bird ripped off the duct tape and it ended up adhering to it’s body?


What if the bird freaked out about being “bound” with the errant duct tape?


Now you have to traumatize the bird twice. If you don’t have personal lubricant you use some sort of cooking oil like olive oil or peanut oil to remove the adhesive object and then traumatized bird a second time by using dish soap like Dawn to remove the oil.


This of course is after you restrain the bird with a towel so you can remove the sticky tape.


If towels are not thought of as friendly you have re-traumatized your bird three times.


Adhesive substrates – think fly ribbons, adhesive rodent traps and things like duct tape can be removed in one step using personal lubricant because the bird cleans itself after the removal of the adhesive surface via preening.


People respect you for your answers about bird Mr. K, this was a terrible, hurtful idea to give people.


As for the balloon thing, I can sit here and spell out a dozen scenarios ending with bird injuries.


We try to teach enrichment and you are playing human pranks on unsuspecting and innocent animals – shame on you.




He made the incidents worse by making them seem funny.


In most states he violated animal abuse law.


He would be fined in every EU country.


In Germany all animals would be removed from his home according to Ann Castro, one of our blog contributors and Germany’s only consultant to the Tierschutzverein (animal protection union).


Trust me I’m on solid ground, I’ve researched and published 1.25 million words on more than 1073 blog posts regarding pet bird care


It’s the question that should come down, not just the comment (someone had to an adult in the room)


Mr K is the one who should be rebuked not me.


Do what you want but by not deleting the question, Quora is passively approving animal cruelty and abuse


He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.