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2021-11-01 11:23:54 AM  
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2021-11-01 12:46:17 PM  
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/tired birb
2021-11-01 1:05:57 PM  
I'm sorry, why is there seemingly an urgent call to protect the kid?  Is she in immediate danger?  And if so, why is this individual filming her and the parrot instead of getting them to safety?  Or is this something like a war-torn country where the individual is powerless to do anything other than take videos?

So many questions.

/the birb seems content
2021-11-01 3:20:42 PM  
source: April 25, 2021

That's 1 year old Pipoca (popcorn), a macaw (arara) in the arms of 5 year old Maitê, daughter of Fernando Abrahão in Campo Grande, Brazil. Pipoca was hatched in captivity. Her wings are unclipped and she  freely flies around during the day.

Her story got a lot of coverage in Brazil, it seems mostly based on this long video feature and interview.

Here is a google trans of one article

"Xodó" da família, arara Pipoca até dorme na rede junto da filha

The family's "Xodó", the Pipoca macaw even sleeps in the hammock with his daughter
Born in captivity, the wild female is regularized

Born in captivity, Pipoca is the female of the Araracanga breed - also known as the macaw - which has multicolored down, but is native to the Amazon. He arrived at the home of economist Fernando Abrahão at 45 days old and, since then, the scenes on social networks have aroused passion and criticism.

About to turn 1 year old, the wild animal is the darling of the family, especially the 5-year-old daughter Maitê. Beside her best friend and faithful squire, the two even sleep together. The problem, Fernando admits, is to explain how a wild animal is treated like a pet.

"It's a super friendly relationship, but it's also part of some fun pecks. My daughter is used to it," he says.

The economist explains that he joined the waiting list for a legalized farm, that is, with authorization from IBAMA (Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources) for operation.
And the value of the "gift" to the daughter soared high. "It is necessary to know the entire history of the breeding, check searches on social networks and be especially suspicious of prices below the market. Generally, the value of a macaw is around R$ 8 to R$ 12 thousand. Prices lower than that these, strongly distrust," he suggests.

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Next to Fernando's dog, the macaw Pipoca is "in a good way" - she was trained for that (Photo: Personal Archive)

Regarding the criticisms about the creation of wild animals, Fernando says that "there is no possibility for this animal to return to nature on its own".

"She was born, raised and trained in an environment completely full of humans. When visitors here at home question this, I always try to show my relationship with the animal, which is one of empathy. Popcorn is free to fly whenever you want, but different from a 100% wild bird, when I call her, she decides to return to my arms. It's the same thing as having a dog or cat at home, but these animals have been domesticated for centuries," he justifies.

And what do the neighbors say? "Like all macaws, she also screams at certain times, especially in the early morning. But, in the case of Pipoca, she was trained to be less 'scandalous.' she screams instead of barking or wagging her tail in glee like a dog would," says the "owner".

It is necessary to explain. "Owner" because, according to the law, Fernando is the faithful custodian of the animal and has no "ownership" of the bird - no matter how much he paid for it.

Therefore, the various paperwork that he has, including invoice, proof of origin and even the GTA (animal transport guide) for Campo Grande, authorize him as "responsible" for Pipoca. If inspection knocks on the door of the house and the documents do not match, the bird is liable to be removed from its "stay".

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Maitê holds a piece of flour biscuit with his faithful squire, Pipoca (Photo: Personal Archive)

About the fear of his bird flying away and never coming back, he dismisses it. "The macaws are monogamous and that's why they don't change pairs. They always walk in closed groups without mixing. So, that kind of risk wouldn't happen with Pipoca. What worries me, however, is the fact that she is in an urban area, where even high voltage wires can be fatal. But that's a risk I run for having it," he concludes.

Fernando can't specify how long he 'll have Pipoca by his side, as well as his daughter's "friend", but if it depends on the Araracanga breed, it's likely to be "for a short time", he jokes. On average, a macaw lives from 50 to 80 years.
2021-11-01 3:35:46 PM  
Pining for the fjords.
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