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Birds can bite, often don't, but sometimes they do!
In response to 142985: Beware of Dangerous Birds, posted by Bev M on Thursday, 27 December 2018, at 3:22 p.m.
Sounds painful and scary, Bev! Based on your description, the bird(s) were irritated (and perhaps scared), thus biting to try to drive away the "not flock" people, in this unfortunate case, your grandson. Icing the welts will help. (Don't ask how I know this! I'm sure you can guess.)
I'm not positive these were larger birds, but they probably were, and if they were really mad, they could take chunks out of you. Not sure that is a lot of consolation, but it could have been a lot worse.
IF the birds were fine up until the change in price, then I would speculate that tensions rose when the discussion of the abrupt change in price occurred. The birds will be able to detect this tension and "excitement". Dramatic raised voices would only make it worse (no idea if it went that far, just a data point), as parrot react to such things. Even if you raised your voices, you wouldn't know that you shouldn't while around the birds. The man with the birds is definitely to blame for creating that tension, and really OUGHT to know what it would do to the birds. But some people are clueless idiots (and should not have birds).
The larger parrots that we think of as "pets" are still wild animals. They may be hatched and raised in captivity, but they are still genetically wild creatures. They are not domesticated birds. Within the particular species, individuals will vary greatly. And occasionally, a bird will be fine with everyone until it meets that human that it suddenly does NOT like. But in your instance, I still think the birds were reacting to tension among the humans. And sometimes, when the birds have just had ENOUGH of being plopped onto strangers, even if they were fine up until then, they can turn bitey.
If they were my birds, I would NOT be doing such a thing. It's dangerous for everyone, including the birds. In this particular case, it reads like the guy has no business handling any birds (nor interactions with the public), and these particular birds may or may not be suited to photo shoots. Perhaps they are fine with a different handler, and then some idiot thinks, "How hard could it be?" Hard.
Δ Thanks Joy
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