They may not be partridges and they probably don’t roost in pear trees.
The parrots at the World Parrot Refuge in Coombs, however, are very lucky to have found a roomy place to live out their days — and be a part of the area’s many natural world attractions.
World Parrot Refuge is run by the For the Love of Parrots Refuge Society (FLOPRS), which is led by Wendy and Andy Huntbatch, who moved to the area from the Fraser Valley. A facility was built in Coombs in 2005 for the more than 500 parrots they have taken in.
Many of the exotic birds have been rescued — or adopted — from families who can no longer care for them.
Parrots are long-lived and can require a lot more care and attention than a casual pet owner can afford.
A lover of parrots, Wendy has dedicated herself to their care and to FLOPRS’ cause — to ban the importing of wild-caught exotic birds and to spread the message of the cruelty of keeping wild birds in captivity.
World Parrot Refuge has won many supporters — locally and across the province — and has become a tourist attraction with a strong message to share.
To help their cause or to find out more about World Parrot Refuge and FLOPRS, check out their website at www.worldparrotrefuge.org.