I am sorry to hear of the disturbing email you describe. My belief is quite different than the visitor. Charlotte, the cockatoo is a wonderful addition to Houmas House. Guests from around the world visit and are entertained by Charlotte. Her personality is perfect, and she loves for people to scratch her head and pet her neck. She is part of a very large family at Houmas House who cares for her. We have approximately 300 guests who visit daily, and many of our guests visit Charlotte. She is happy, and enjoys everyone. Her original caretaker for 50 years was my carpenter who spent many years constructing many architectural designs that I had created. He would take Charlotte to hospitals and schools to entertain those who were unfamiliar with birds. She knows over
100 words and is very happy. When the caretaker died, his wife could no longer handle the 100 different birds and pets that her husband cared for. She knew her husband appreciated how cared for my pets and her only thought was to give Charlotte to me, for me to care for. His wife visits every couple of months and she thinks Charlotte is as happy today, as she has been for her entire life.
She has a caretaker who changes water and food twice a day. Her cage is cleaned daily. She really doesn’t like toys to entertainer her, because she has her friends from around the world who visit and play with her. I totally disagree that she is starved for
attention. I doubt that any other bird gets as much attention or care as Charlotte gets. Not only do I visit her, and scratch and pet her daily, but so does my mother, who lives with 100 of her cage. I have two Labradors who visit daily and are friends. I have diners at my restaurants who visit her before and after meals, and always bring left overs for her. Many bring seeds and fruity for her. She has been at Houmas House for 2 years and has never been ill.
The person, who spent a half hour with Charlotte, is very opinionated and I feel is quick to judge, and has diagnosed incorrectly. Any pet who gets lots of attention, craves for even
An abandoned pet probably does not seek attentions, because they do not know what attention is.
Please believe when I say that Charlotte is with a loving and caring family. If Charlotte was in a person’s private home, she would probably lack attention because she would not get the attention she does at a public location, like Houmas House. The lady who spent the half hour at Houmas House said that the cage was clean, and the bird was well cared for, but lacked toys. She said that Charlotte
needed another bird for companionship. Sadly Charlotte does not like other birds. We have a Macaw also, and Charlotte almost killed the Macaw when they shared a large cage for about an hour. Charlotte has never been with other birds, and really does not like them.
If I thought there was a better home for Charlotte, I would offer her for adoption. I truly don’t think there is a better home for her.