One bird lover was left with no choice but to give up her white parrot, due to her declining health, and the abandonment left her feathered friend crestfallen.
Snowball, a white Goffin’s cockatoo, wasn’t like himself for days after joining the Rhode Island Parrot bird sanctuary. The tiny bird said very little and kept his head and beak down for days in a heartbroken state.
But one sanctuary volunteer’s hair turned out to be just what the male chirper needed and Snowball now uses Erica Collins’ hair as a rope swing to sway back and forth for fun.
If it ain’t got that swing! Snowball us a white Goffin’s cockatoo who cheers himself up by latching onto a volunteer Erica Collins’ hair with his claws and swaying side to side
Snow angel! The adorable parrot, 22, is a new addition to the bird sanctuary but was sad for days feeling abandoned by his prior owner, until he found the swinging activity to cheer up
Snowball, 22, is an intelligent bird, and according to the sanctuary experts the Indonesian breed are so empathetic, they even morn the loss of people close to them.
‘He was the saddest little thing,’ Erica, 38, of Warwick, Rhode Island explained to SWNS media.
The usually happy bird simply ‘sat in his cage with his head down’ for weeks instead of flying around gleefully, saddened by the sudden separation from his prior owner.
But now the cockatoo is squawking with joy like never before, all thanks to his fun swinging activity where he latches onto Erica’s hair with his claws like a rope swing, and lets his body hang upside down to enjoy the ride.
Snowball’s hands upside down in the aerodynamic fun, with his beak lose as he’s propelled left and right.
He swings for over a minute, while visitors watch absolutely enthralled by the goofy display.
Sweet thing! The Indonesian breed is very playful and likes to sing in addition to swing
Bird whisperer! Erica Collins, 38, (above) works with nearly 80 birds at the Rhode Island Parrot bird sanctuary, and Snowball has taken a particular liking to her for her hair
Busy at work! Erica hangs out with the birds while cleaning a cage at Snowball’s home, joining the many birds looking for new welcoming homes
Attachment issues! Sanctuary volunteers describe the adorable bird is very playful like ‘a little kid’ and is captured in a cheeky moment above where he claws at a volunteer’s backside
The picked up hobby was a surprise for the mom-of-one.
‘Out of the blue Snowball decided flew to my ponytail and just started swinging. Once he had started he kept doing it,’ Erica recalled.
‘I remember thinking, ‘He better not bite my butt! He was having a great time and didn’t want to stop’ she joked.
And Snowball loved basking in all the attention.
‘It was hilarious. It was a great moment. Everyone was laughing and was amused at how playful he was,’ she shared.
‘He is very playful. He was behaving like a little kid,’ she added.
Snowball joins nearly 80 other birds in the sanctuary, but he seems to have a preference for Erica’s blonde locks as his go to activity.
Erica shares that the happy go lucky bird Snowball also enjoys singing and is still looking for a new family.