A BREEDER of exotic birds living in Prešov, Eva Lucáková, has founded a rescue centre for parrots and other exotic birds that are not properly taken care of by their owners. Lucáková told the TASR newswire this is the first asylum of its kind and extent in Slovakia, adding that exotic birds need special care and if their owners are not able to do so the birds have a disadvantage compared to other animals with a natural habitat in Slovakia.
“When people let parrots fly freely in our weather conditions they either die or become prey to other animals. They are simply not able to survive by themselves,” the breeder explained. She has devoted her time, energy and money to breeding exotic birds since she was a child and she has often discovered birds that were set free either after arriving as an inappropriate gift or becoming ill or injured and being disposed of by their owners.
Currently Lucáková has about 50 exotic birds which she keeps in her flat and in other improvised rooms. She has some rare species that she bought or received from other people such as a Burrowing Parrot (Cyanoliseus patagonus) and a rare African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus).
“Bigger rooms have been designed [for the birds]; we are waiting for a suitable plot – there should be a park for the public nearby. The rescue centre could also basically be a kind of message to the young, providing an education about how to take care of parrots and what these birds need,” the breeder said in explaining her idea for the rescue centre.
Exotic birds need regular veterinary care, Lucáková said, adding that sometimes she is forced to send various samples to labs in the Czech Republic. She said she has often been contacted not only by people from eastern Slovakia but also from across the country and even from the Czech Republic. She noted that there are other people who are willing and able to take parrots from her and breed them. She said the founding of the rescue centre is the culmination of her lifelong efforts and also her dream come true. So far she has financed everything herself but she now intends to form a non-profit organisation that could seek grants and financial contributions.
20. Sep 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská