8 Surprising Things a Rescued Cockatoo Can Do

Sinclair is a cockatoo who was rescued by PETA last year after languishing for 15 years in a cramped and barren cage, bored, lonely, and deprived of everything natural and important to him. This is a common fate for exotic birds kept as pets because most buyers don’t have any idea how much time, energy, and expense are involved in properly caring for these complex animals who, throughout their lives, are not unlike 2-year-old children in their need for care and attention—and can live up to 60 years. When the extent of the responsibility required to care for these birds becomes apparent, they are often set aside and all but forgotten. Sinclair was one of these birds.

After Sinclair the cockatoo was rescued, he started doing all kinds of surprising things:

1. He puts on makeup.


2. And he plays hide-and-seek.

Sinclair Plays Game

Sinclair spent 15 years in a cage, where a game of hide and seek would’ve been pretty lame—and darn near impossible.

3. He holds hands.

The boyfriend-girlfriend way.

4. And he is straight-up modeling.

Sinclair Has Elvis Hair

Before he was rescued, he had lost most of his feathers, but now … love me tender, Sinclair.

5. He drinks from the faucet.

No more dirty water for this guy!

6. He takes the stairs.

Because each step deserves a celebration.

7. And he started doing yoga.


8. He’s finally loving life!

Sinclair Has Family Time

After 15 years in a cage, Sinclair found a family who’ll give him the life he deserves. And it looks like he knows it.

Did Sinclair make your day better? Animal companions are our best friends, and we owe it to them to make sure their lives are as happy and comfortable as possible. Bringing an animal companion into our lives means making a lifetime commitment to provide them with exercise, training, grooming, food, veterinary care, and, of course, plenty of love and attention. If you decide to make this enormous commitment, please remember never to buy, but always adopt!

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind