Babs, an African Greys journey to America. Posted May 17, 2011 by LuAnn Apple


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This is her story as told by Babs and her previous owner.
Hello, my name is Babs. I am an African Grey. My first memory was living with a Spanish lady in Riyadh, Arabia. I had a friend with me, a really big white Cockatoo.
One day there was a lot of commotion, people running around, then there was silence. It was quiet for a long time. Breakfast time came but no food came. Where was everyone? Some men came in later and put our cages outside the Villa. It was pretty hot out there and still no food. A lady came along, looked at us and started telling those men off in a loud voice. She put us in a car and we went on a journey. I liked the house. It had a big outside aviary with little birds with plenty of food and a bath pool which felt good. We were very happy there and treated very well. 
One day, my friend the Cockatoo left. I heard them say he went to live with a veterinarian who lived on a dairy farm. The Cockatoo had a good life for a few years.
Suddenly, things started getting very noisy. Loud explosions and airplanes were flying overhead. I was then moved indoors and kept in a small cage. I shared the room with two cats.  The veterinarian came back to see me. He put a ring on my leg and a chip inside of me. This to me was not pleasant. I was in the car again. This time, the cage I was in had wire all over the inside, so I could hold on for the journey. My owners came and told me they’d see me in London and left. I was in a large warehouse and then a worker came in to put me in a corner behind some boxes. Why? I did not know. I stayed in the corner for a day or so. I heard the voice of the veterinarian. He was very angry. He picked up my cage, cleaned it out and gave me food. He took me to the airplane and handed me over to be boarded. When I arrived in London, one of my owners had been waiting for me to arrive.
I understand the worker in Riyadh had hidden me to sell me to a pet shop later. He did not count on my owners to keep track of me. I went from London to Miami. There I was kept in quarantine for a long time. Finally, I was released to my owners. They have been very good to me, but they work overseas and there is no one to care for me while they were gone. My owner looked around for a long time, to get me a good home while hiring sitters while they were away. This is how I ended up living here at M.A.R.S.. Melbourne Avian Rescue Sanctuary.
Look for further updates on Babs in the very near future. Her amazing story will continue…………


  • Linda Smith February 28, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Is Babs still there? I would like to meet her if possible

    Linda Smith

  • LuAnn Apple April 8, 2015 at 3:03 am

    She resides with one of our board members and is a wonderful and happy bird. She does have an amazing life story. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Estrella July 13, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Do you still have Babs?

  • LuAnn Apple July 31, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Absolutely she is with a board member of MARS and thriving quite well in her care she is a wonderful bird

  • Steveann & Wayne Bourgeois July 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Is Babs going to be available for adoption? I would love for her journey to end up in a forever home with us in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Just in case that is a possibility our phone number is 850-393-3111, I have an approved application with Florida Parrot Rescue. Although Ive been watching the availble birds I havent had one tug at my heart like babs

  • LuAnn Apple July 3, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Thank you for reading the story of Babs. Such a love and a character she was and is. She was adopted a long time ago and still in her (50’s I believe) is thriving. We have had many amazing greys through MARS in the past and I am sure more will cross our paths in the future .. Did you read about the 9/11 Greys. That was an amazing story as well…

  • Patti July 3, 2019 at 8:42 am

    I have met Babs and what a wonderful girl she is! Thriving and happy!!! <3

  • LuAnn Apple July 29, 2019 at 2:45 am

    That old girl is something else !!! What a life she had and in her golden years now a very comfortable one to be sure….

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