A Bird In The Hand
That's the unusual opportunity awaiting visitors to Woodland Park Zoo's new exhibit of Australian birds.
The avian caterwaul is so intense, some zoo employees wear earplugs inside the new Willawong Station exhibit.
Zoo supervisor Tina Mollett says the birds are thriving in their new environment.
"They're getting used to the people," she says. "We've been working with them for several months, and they're adjusting really well."
So well, in fact, that Mollett has those 200 Australian parrots, budgies, cockatoos and rosellas literally eating out of your hand.
"This is one situation in the zoo where we are saying 'please feed the animals.' "
For a dollar, adults and kids are issued a stick full of sticky birdseed and the birds aren't shy about flying down to dine.
"It's not your everyday kind of feeling," enthuses one zoo visitor as a budgie accepts her offering.
"It's cheaper than flying to Australia," she adds.
Or should that be "cheeper?"
The birds will be receiving visitors at the semi-permanent exhibit until further notice.