Saturday, November 22, 2008

Good-bye Old Friend

Some of you may know by now that we have recently lost our dear little Thick Billed Parrot, Quasi.  He will be missed by staff and visitors alike, especially the children.  His happy go lucky personality seemed to draw the children like a magnet, and they loved the fact that they could usually get him to talk to them.

Following is the email notice sent to staff, volunteers and interns by our Director of Education, Teri Schroer:

"It is with a sad heart that I am writing today to let you know that Quasi, our Thick Billed Parrot, passed away overnight Saturday night.  As many of you know, Quasi has always been a special needs parrot due to bone abnormalities he was hatched with.  Over the years he has battled sinus issues every winter, but this year they never seemed to go away.  Late this summer we realized that his sinuses were no longer draining and that they were clogged with granuloma.  With the help of Dr. Stacey Scheaffer we tried many different things to clear Quasi's sinuses to give him relief.  Throughout all of his many breathing treatments, nose drops, oral meds, x-rays, etc., Quasi was his typical sweet easy going self.  Unfortunately, last week his breathing became labored and over the course of the week he progressively became worse.  Dr. Stacey did an amazing job of researching what we could do for this little guy, but in the end it was to no avail.

"Quasi was an asset to our education programs, and will be sorely missed by everyone here at WBS."

Even though the above may sound like extreme and heroic measures for one small parrot, it is the type of care rendered to all of the animals at WBS when they are in distress.  If you would like to make a donation toward the medical care of our animals, just click on the donate button.


Anonymous said...

As a frequent visitor or WBS I am familiar with Quasi. This IS truely a sad day.

Dave said...

So sorry for your loss. It's amazing how we get attached to these fine creatures.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about your beloved Quasi. It is always hard to lose those that we love so much.