Don’t Fret, M8s: Yr Poor Cyclone-Battered Cockatoo Pal Survived The Night

As Queensland begins to take note of the damage wrought by Tropical Cyclone Debbie, one piece of good news has emerged from the carnage – and a snuggly little towel.

The feather-stripped cockatoo photographed and subsequently rescued by Townsville Bulletin snapper Alix Sweeney has survived the night.

The lil’ flapper has peeked out of its swaddling at an Airlie Beach motel. Bulletin reporter John Anderson reckons our sulphur crested has been a point of interest at their current accommodation, and it’s easy to see why.
The bird, formerly referred to (by us) as Feathers McFuck, has been christened Debbie. Which makes sense.

Here’s the Bulletin’s shot of Debbie last night:

And one from this morn:

Sweeney says “after having a bit of a rest he seems really active now,” and was concerned lil’ mate might actually get too active.

“I hoping it doesn’t start flying around my motel room during the night otherwise I might end up running out into the cyclone.”
Debbie is still being sheltered in the motel room before he can be safely relinquished to a professional wildlife carer.

Source and photo: Alix Sweeney / The Townsville Bulletin.