Editor's blog: Ex-parrot shows doctors keen to feather their nest

A Miami (ex-)parrot got me thinking about the caring professions and their relationship with lucre.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

I do wonder about some people. Not least Anne Lowery from Florida, who spent £50,000 on chemotherapy for her 42-year-old Wagler’s Conure parakeet called Areba - who then became an ex-parrot within a year. Dr Teresa Lightfoot, the vet who administered the avian injections (and swiped Ms Lowery’s card) said, 'It was tough for Areba. But we improved her quality of life and gave her and her mom more time together.' (I don’t know what they teach them at Miami vet school, but I doubt if the prospect of homo sapiens giving birth to a Wagler’s Conure parakeet is included in the curriculum.)  These kind of stories are ten-a-penny in our mad world... [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND COMMENT]


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