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.

 

Mr K PUT AN INNOCENT ANIMAL AT SERIOUS PHYSICAL RISK – TWICE

 

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

 

thank you

 

mitch rezman

 

advocate for the birds

 

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Rick K replied (now also deleted) to my comment on “My wife is going to burn in hell for tormenting our cockatoo….”:

 

Mitch, take a breath, you’re blowing this way out of proportion.

 

I would never do anything to harm one of my birds.

 

Let me repeat the operative word. Never!

 

I was right there on the floor next to him.

 

There’s no way he could have broken a toe because the tape was not on that securely.

 

I also know my bird well enough to know that he would not have panicked it in a situation like that.

 

As for the adhesive, it was only placed over the toes and nowhere near the legs or body.

 

As for being traumatized, we can put a nix on that as he ran out of the room singing.

 

Okay, look. I could go on and on addressing your issue point-by-point, but the bottom line here is, I’ve had this bird for 36 years. I know him. I know he reacts.

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I know how he thinks. I would never do anything to harm him

PERIOD!

And, as for judging me and my situation when in fact you don’t actually know what is going on, the shame is on you!

Too late

 

 

I posted a subsequent comment to the same Quora question:

 

Mr K PUT AN INNOCENT ANIMAL AT SERIOUS PHYSICAL RISK – TWICE

 

He made the incidents worse by making them seem funny giving a very wrong idea to people who now may try to duct tape a pet birds feet to the ground.

 

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).

 

I’ve researched and published 1.25 million words on more than 1000 blog posts regarding pet bird care.

 

Quora is passively approving animal cruelty and abuse by allowing this article to remain on the site.

 

Conclusion:

 

Mr. K can defend himself all he wants.

 

You can’t tell the world you are an expert in keeping parrots while at the same time leading people to believe it’s okay to duct tape ANY birds feet to the floor!

 

I get between 8000 and 10,000 views a month on Quora.

 

Much like Facebook, I’m done.

 

I will use Quora questions to quilt answers that help people better keep birds in their homes.

 

This is just one more case of social media running off the rails IMHO

Please feel free to add your thoughts to the question on Quora

written by mitch rezman

Author:

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.

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