"This poor parrot is 'Breaking Bald' after living in a meth house and losing all its feathers."
A lot of birds (even those with relatively responsible owners) pluck their feathers out of stress, I'm guessing that's what happened here.
IMO big parrots should really never ever be pets. My parents owned one for about 10 years before giving it away. They're smarter than dogs and cats, and if you've never had one it's basically impossible to conceive of how demanding and tough to take care of they can be. People who rescue parrots are saints.
Not to diminish the tragedy of this story, I just wanted to complement the Awl for its new commitment to parrot-related journalism.
I apologize for the offensive Gchats that were inadvertently sent to you during last night's Google Hangouts bug. It was not my intention to engage in feathershaming. I regret my insensitive comments. Be bald, be proud.
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