Monday, March 11, 2013

Young Arthur Has Died

Arthur paper
Photo courtesy of The Alex Foundation,

Arthur, aka Wart, an African Grey Parrot, age 14, has died from Avian Bornavirus which is presumed to be the causative factor in PDD, Proventricular Dilatation Disease, which is fatal.  

Wart was currently the youngest research colleague of Dr. Irene Pepperberg, a pioneer in avian cognition.  Wart worked with Dr. Pepperberg at The Parrot Lab at Brandeis University and The Alex Foundation.  

He will be sorely missed. 
The life expectancy in this species is said  to be fifty plus years.

For more on Arthur...

Sadly even now the work done by female scientists is woefully underfunded compared with that of their male counterparts. 

 And keep in mind that what we know from observation of individual Red-tailed Hawks will gain more credence when other individual birds, even those of other species which are adaptive thinkers, gain recognition for their mental acumen and therefore their deaths by secondary rat poisoning will become unacceptable to many more people until a tipping point is reached and it is unacceptable to all. 

To help keep the work going...
Donegal Brown

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