A mass parrot relocation has refuge workers in Metro Vancouver struggling to keep up with the new influx of birds.
Workers at the Greyhaven Bird Sanctuary say they are overwhelmed after taking on the “daunting task” of caring for more than 500 exotic birds, including parrots, cockatoos and amazons.
The birds were relocated from the now-defunct World Parrot Refuge after its owner passed away earlier this year.
Staff at Greyhaven are working around the clock to provide care for the birds. Among them is adoptions director Jenny Tamas, whose home is being used as a sanctuary, alongside two other houses in Metro Vancouver.
They also run a shelter inside an old SPCA building in Nanaimo.
“It’s a desperate situation for a lot of these birds,” Tamas said. “I just personally picked up four bags of feed which was $181 wholesale. And … those four bags of feed will not feed these birds for more than two days.”