Polly want crack? Or maybe a beer or a cloud of cigarette smoke blown in the beak?
All are familiar scenarios to Wendy Huntbatch, president of the World Parrot Refuge in the Vancouver Island community of Coombs where, among 800 rescued birds, there are parrots withdrawing from drugs, recovering from exposure to smoke, or healing after mistreatment by drug users and dealers.
“We have birds that were used as toys by drug addicts. Watching them go through withdrawal is dreadful,” Huntbatch said.