On a bright and sunny Saturday morning, our Bird Mother (Patricia Norton) and Dr. Vicki Schulz (a small animal and Avian vet from Minnesota) are in a FEBS intake and acclimation facility, deep in conversation about Einstein, a 30-year old male Cockatoo that has recently arrived at his forever home.
Topics include, among others, the characteristically thinner and wider beaks on wild caught Cockatoos, over preening scenarios between birds, Einstein’s favorite toys, his personality & what might be emotional triggers for him and what his "best fit" acclimation process will be.
As they chat, Dr. Schulz and Pat come to a simultaneous conclusion that Einstein’s nerves may be getting the best of him this morning—after all, this is only day two at the sanctuary for him—so his temporary enclosure is immediately moved to a more isolated space in the back of the room. As on cue, he begins to settle down.
As the conversation progresses, I learn that that Dr. Schulz, her family and Einstein have shared over 20 years of companionship, and that Einstein’s companion bird in her home has recently passed away.
Dr. Schulz is now sitting on a chair holding Einstein, and I think to myself how difficult this must be for each of them. And yet, I feel a vibe of satisfaction from Dr. Schulz, so I ask her what her motivation was in choosing FEBS as Einstein’s new forever home. She quickly explains that she has done her research and there is simply no other sanctuary like FEBS available for Einstein. She continued, “Einstein now needs to be with other birds, in a large and natural environment.”
Thank you, Dr. Schulz, for your confidence in FEBS and a big FEBS welcome to Einstein from all of your new human and feathered friends.
About Dr. Schulz: A graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Schulz received her DVM Degree in 1988. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and the American Animal Hospital Association. As a general practitioner, Dr. Schulz enjoys seeing cats, dogs and birds, as well as other exotic species. Dr. Schulz lives with her husband, their 2 boys, and their menagerie of pets. The pets include dogs, cats, several parrots and a quarter horse. During her free time, she enjoys gardening, fishing and horseback riding.