When pet parents pass away, it can leave our furry (or feathered) friends in quite a predicament. Such was the case for Callee, a Congo African Grey parrot.  African Greys are known for their cognitive abilities and their penchant for mimicking their human counterparts.  Callee was likely a beloved family pet prior to her owners passing, as it was discovered she had been microchipped.  Unfortunately, the people whose care she was left in clearly didn’t want the responsibility of taking care of her.  There was also a suspicion of possible abuse.

The Oasis Sanctuary in southern Arizona became involved when a concerned family member intervened.  This kind man realized she was not being cared for properly.  In addition to neglect, he also suspected she may have been abused.  After a few weeks of communicating back and forth, Oasis was finally able to take possession of Callee and start the process of nursing her back to health.  Callee was very thin – having been on an exclusive diet of wild bird feed.  African Greys should have a varied diet of grains, fruits and vegetables, including a calcium source.  Callee also had a lot of red feathers, indicating she was stressed and/or poorly fed.  Upon further examination, it was discovered she was also suffering from an eye injury.  The vet determined that she had a deep corneal injury with fluid and corneal edema.

They suspected the source of her injury was blunt force trauma.  This discovery and the fact she visibly recoiled with rapid hand movement near her just reinforced the suspicion of abuse.  Luckily however, an x-ray determined Callee didn’t have any broken bones or remodeling. The eye injury was serious enough though as she needed to be seen by an ophthalmologist.  After the exam it was decided to start her on flurbiprofen and ciprofloxacin drops twice daily.  Additionally, she underwent a surgical procedure in which four of her five corneal layers were scraped in the hopes of new corneal tissue being generated in the healing process.  The costs, thus far, were well over $1,000 so when Lori Bell from Oasis applied for a grant to help offset these costs, ISF was more than happy to help in getting Callee the treatment she needed.  As is the case sometimes, her eye did not respond as well as they had hoped and the damage was permanent. 

Callee is now a permanent resident of the Oasis Sanctuary and thriving.  She receives ongoing treatment for her chronic eye condition, but otherwise is doing exceptionally well!  Oasis reports she is a “sweet and enchanting” bird who is adored by all.  Callee is a gentle girl who likes to admire herself in the mirror and accepts her twice daily medication easily.  Thanks to a concerned and caring human, Callee is now in a beautiful place being cared for by people who love her.  To learn more about Oasis and their mission, visit their website.  Better yet, meet Callee and the other residents in person by visiting their 71 acre facility in Benson, Arizona.  

Written by Shandra Locken

Edited by Bob Stone