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Greyhaven Bird Sanctuary struggling to care for over 500 relocated parrots

Greyhaven Bird Sanctuary is overwhelmed after bringing in more than 500 relocated exotic birds from the defunct World Parrot Refuge. Photo by Rafferty Baker/CBC.

Greyhaven Bird Sanctuary is overwhelmed after bringing in more than 500 relocated exotic birds from the defunct World Parrot Refuge. Photo by Rafferty Baker/CBC.

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.”

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‘It was loud and just really scary’: Neighbour describes harrowing escape

Five children narrowly escaped their flaming Port Moody home. Their father has been charged with arson in connection with the blaze. Photo by Jon Hernandez/CBC.

Five children narrowly escaped their flaming Port Moody home. Their father has been charged with arson in connection with the blaze. Photo by Jon Hernandez/CBC.

Kylie Schlotter was getting ready to go to a friend’s wedding when she noticed flames emerging from her neighbour’s home across the street. She knew there was a large family that lived inside.

“We saw two kids climb out through the window onto the roof,” she said. “Before we knew it, there were police cars coming, and the flames started to grow in a matter of seconds.”

Five children managed to escape their Port Moody home as the flames grew behind them. Their mother was taken to the hospital with severe burns but couldn’t be saved.

Their father has been charged with second-degree murder and two counts of arson. His identity and the details of the case are protected under a publication ban.

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