- Such a girl
Sophie, a Moluccan Cockatoo came into Melbourne Avian Rescue Sanctuary on April 17 2009.
She is known as a self mutilator in reference to the wound you see on her chest.
Amazingly there are distinct reasons this can occur, one obviously would be physical and in most cases a cause would show itself after many tests. Sophie received all the medical tests up to and including an ultra sound. With that said, the other reason is not so easy to cure and is Psychological in nature. This is Sophies’ story.
Sophie started out in a good home with loving people, but due to circumstances changing she was passed on to another place, and than another.
Somewhere Sophie became extremely sad. She started picking and than mutilating. Some say it is totally hormonal, I disagree. She was allowed to be herself once again, outside a lot, good food, no collars, no bandages, a long process but the end result is almost no picking at all.
Now comes a few new wound care products from Harrisons, we are using them on Sophie as I write this. With continued use we hope to heal the hardened calloused area Sophie created.
Every other evening I try to sit with Sophie before bedtime to assure her someone loves her. With all here at the rescue this is not an easy thing to consistently do. That is why to a very special person, Sophie will make a very special addition to their life. We at M.A.R.S. are always available for support if needed.