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Meet Blondie, a bird who lives with PBF disease but is still enjoying his life

Meet Blondie, a bird who lives with PBF disease but is still enjoying his life

As we know, Mother Nature is full of surprises that we have yet to discover. Whether they’re positive or not, we think they still make life more interesting. One of those surprises is the protagonist of this story – Blondie, an adorable lovebird from Venezuela.

Blondie is a charming bird that not only attracts attention with its playful and inquisitive spirit, but also – and maybe even more so – with the fact that it is almost bald. The lovebird has lost nearly all of its feathers and the ability to fly due to the rare psittacin beak and feather disease (PBF), which is a virus that attacks a bird’s immune system. Despite this, Blondie still seems full of life and joy thanks to his loving human Bella Escobar who takes care of him every day.

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Meet Blondie, an adorable lovebird from Venezuela

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bored panda contacted Blondie’s human, Bella Escobar, to find out more about the bird and its life.

Bella told us she got Blondie as a gift from a friend of her dad’s who raised birds. The lovebird was about 3 weeks old when he arrived home. “He was just a baby, so he was very small.”

As you may have noticed, Blondie is bald. It is the result of the very rare psittacine beak and feather disease (PBF)

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It wasn’t always like that. Blondie had beautiful orange and yellow feathers

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According to Bella, Blondie loved to fly. “I remember his favorite place was a lamp in our house. He is very playful, he chased us while flying. It is also a very curious bird, it liked to fly to newly discovered places and explore.

However, when Blondie turned one year old, her family began to notice the bird losing feathers on its legs.

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As the days passed, the bird lost even more feathers, resulting in near complete baldness and inability to fly.

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The vets told Bella it was probably stress. However, after some research, the girl discovered that Blondie had the PBF disease, which attacks a bird’s feathers and beak.

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“We went to the vet with Blondie, they did a test to see if he had any parasites but it came back negative. The vets told us it was probably stress. We couldn’t believe it, however, it didn’t make any sense, because how could Blondie remove the feathers from his head? I started researching, and that’s when I found out he had PBF disease. This The disease affects the beak and feathers and can be passed from bird to bird.We suspect the mother had the disease and it was passed on to Blondie.

This disease has no cure, but there are cases where birds have recovered their feathers. Unfortunately, it’s not that common. »

It took about 6-9 months for Blondie to go almost completely bald

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Due to Blondie’s condition, Bella must take certain precautions. Since the bird’s skin is exposed, Bella has to moisturize it with coconut oil. Due to the lack of feathers, Blondie gets really cold, so Bella gave him a stuffed animal where he can nap and stay warm. He also has a heating pad in his cage that warms him when he sleeps.

According to Bella, it was hard for Blondie not being able to do the things he loved. He fell into a depressive state

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Due to the loss of feathers, Blondie has become drowsy and uninterested. He never wanted to do anything. The bird’s family wanted to help him, so they showed him different places he had never seen, toys and other things he could play with. And luckily, it worked. Blondie is happier than ever!

But with hard work and resilience, she showed Blondie other options for him to do the same things he loved and it worked!

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Now Blondie is happier than ever!

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Bella shared that she loved living with Blondie. According to the owner, he is grumpy but he has his charm. “He is stubborn, really funny, curious and very loud. Whether you’re cooking, studying, etc., he’ll always be next to you trying to see what you’re doing and playing with whatever he has in front of him. When I bring friends they always seem excited about Blondie and scared at the same time. Some people say it looks like a dinosaur.

Blondie hates new people coming to our house, he’s very grumpy as I said before. He doesn’t do well with first impressions so when people come they are rebuffed by Blondie, because he is ready to attack them.

“I love living with Blondie. I’m really happy that he overcame so many challenges and is still here, being the amazing, beautiful bird he was when he had feathers.

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“Living and caring for a special needs animal can be challenging, but working with your pet to fully know them, their likes and dislikes is key to understanding them and their behavior. Blondie is amazing and I’m really proud of him.

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