Everyone has heard at least one story of an animal overcoming great odds that likely would have killed them. Be it a dog that was thrown from a car window and continued to have health problems, or a cat that was lost and traveled cross country to find its way home. Even wild animals have overcome some fantastic feats to survive, with and without the help of people.
Introducing Andy, a Yellow-Naped Amazon parrot, who, like many other animals, had quite a few obstacles to overcome to keep going. Andy arrived at Feathered Sanctuary, a parrot rescue in Pennsylvania, on Memorial Day weekend. The people taking care of him quickly noticed that Andy had an alarming issue. His neck was full of air. As you would imagine, since it was a holiday weekend, everyone who could have helped was unaware enjoying their weekend.
So the people at Feathered Sanctuary quickly began researching for information on what they could do. They managed to remove the added air from Andy’s neck with a syringe. It was obvious that the little guy was happier and much more comfortable. The air being removed from his neck, however, revealed another problem. Andy had a mass hiding in the air at the base of his neck.
Arrangements were made in the following week to have the mass removed. He went to see Dr. Hall, the veterinarian for Feathered Sanctuary. They learned the mass was benign; harmless. The excitement took a back seat when Andy continued to have problems with his air sacs and air built up in his neck again. Around 50-70cc of air were being removed from Andy’s neck every other day.
While searching for help for poor Andy, they contacted Dr. Brauer and Dr. Jim Tinnel in Dayton, Ohio. To some of my readers, these names will sound familiar. Last August, the doctors helped care for several birds removed from a home in Troy, Ohio. Transport was arranged for Andy to travel to Ohio following hope to make him better at the end of October.
It was said Andy did very well through his surgery. The staff at Dayton South Veterinary Hospital praised for their work, Andy was sent home, another long journey, back to Pennsylvania. When Andy arrived, the celebration was cut short as he began having problems once again. He was transported back to Dayton South for treatment again.
After X-rays, tests, blood work, and a few weeks of observation, Andy was given a stint to help him heal. He was sent back home when Dr. Brauer determined he was doing well enough and the test results had all come back negative. The folks at Feathered Sanctuary are currently waiting on one more test result, but so far Andy has not had anymore problems. The hope and expectation is that Andy will be able to have his stint removed in about six months and fully heal. Andy is currently also no longer filling with air. He is a happy, much healthier bird after his health adventure.
Andy will continue to be monitored by the Feathered Sanctuary staff and will likely be available for adoption after he fully heals. The list of people offering to give Andy a home is a long one, but soon enough, someone will be lucky enough to bring him home.