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Meet Lou. Abandoned in a foreclosed home, Lou is one of thousands of parrots in need of rescue. From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a loveable, quirky cast of parrots will reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans. Their outrageous intelligence and uncanny ability to communicate in any language has made parrots one of the world s most popular pets. But unlike dogs and cats, parrots have not been domesticated. Hardwired for the wild, their ear-shattering squawks and unpredictable behavior are designed for the rain forest, not the suburbs. Add a lifespan of 50 years to their intense need to bond, and a life in captivity often ends in disaster. With shelters and sanctuaries bursting at the seams, too many birds like Lou have no place to go.

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3 stars out of 4
Offering another sobering example of humankind s often thoughtless abuse of nature s wildlife when good intentions go wrong, this disturbing documentary is recommended. --Video Librarian

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 2013
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F1BFSI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,376 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tommy on November 23, 2013
Let me just start by saying i watched this documentary on WGBH as i do most of there animal programs. And I thought it was a fantastic "reality check" for folks out there who are either contemplating a new parrot as a pet. Or to just get a better understanding on these HIGHLY intelligent animals. I've been in the avian field now for nearly 30yrs having both wild & exotic pet bird species experience. And i've worked with and owned NUMEROUS parrot species over the years as well. I know Mark Foster well and what he has done at his "Foster Parrots" sanctuary is nothing less than a miracle. The devotion, time, passion, & commitment this man and his wife have put into there surrendered birds at the sanctuary is unparalleled especially when nobody else wanted them. His mindset is one of "freedom" for these animals and to a degree i believe he is correct. Why i say to a degree...? Is because the birds that are "captive bred" who know nothing of being in the wild can make extremely good pet companions. HOWEVER, and that's a big HOWEVER only if the prospective individual has extensively researched beforehand the species of parrot there interested in. I happen to work from home, so my "fids" I.E. flock as us Aviculturists call it are constantly getting the enrichment and best diet possible captive bred birds could possibly get at the present time. I own 5 parrots ALL of "varying personalities" as i strongly believe no two birds are alike even if there from the same species. My IRN or Indian Ringneck Keiko, Green-Cheek Conure Kiwi, Senegal Parrot Kia, Red-bellied Parrot Tiki, & Hahn's Macaw Loco CERTAINLY keep my hands full no doubt about it...!!! But if you were to ask me right now what would happen if i didn't have them in my life.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kay on February 13, 2014
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Wonderful documentary about these long lived creatures. Anyone who is thinking about adopting a parrot should watch this -- a parrot requires a life-long commitment. A parrot can bring you great joy, but if you decide it was a mistake to bring a parrot into your home, the options for finding the parrot a new home may be seriously limited and very cruel for the parrot.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sherry on November 21, 2013
Even if you don't think you like parrots you really need to watch this. Again, the Nature Series has outdone itself with this program. I don't even own a parrot but found this documentary spellbinding. I have friends who own them and have always found their tales of trials and tribulations interesting.

I was really sad for some of the subjects in the program. It is certainly understandable how they get a bad rap sometime. I have an idea; why don't we just leave them in the wild for all to enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terre Spencer on January 7, 2014
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This well-researched documentary is true-to-life reflecting the rewards and disappointments of parrots as pets. A delight for anyone curious about parrots and people in the same home.
Parrots are not dogs or cats or even like other exotic pets. They both require and deserve to be seen exactly as they are: parrots. Certainly, not the pets for many people, but for those of us completely owned by these brilliant and unique creatures, there is no comparison or equal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Galerita Elenora on December 28, 2013
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Finally, an accurate portrayal of the realities that surround parrots in captivity. Exactly what breeders and pet stores DON"T want potential customers to know -- which is that parrots don't make good pets for most people, but there's nothing wrong with parrots. Sociable, noisy, active, messy, long-lived and complex, parrots belong in the wild, not in living rooms. This wonderful documentary by Argo Films shows the heartbreak of captivity experienced by thousands and thousands (perhaps millions) of parrots who end up in sanctuaries and rescues through no fault of their own. People who really love parrots don't buy them -- they adopt. And, everyone can help parrots in the wild. Just go to [...] to see some of the many projects going on world-wide to ensure that parrots stay where they belong: in savannahs, rain forests, on remote islands and wild plains, with their flocks, flying free. Great film!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danae Cassandra on January 7, 2015
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This is an excellent program. It's very informative and educational about the intelligence of parrots, as well as the demands and problems of keeping them in captivity. It should be required viewing for anyone contemplating owning a parrot. Sadly most people who decide they want one won't see this, and more birds will end up unwanted and abandoned at overburdened sanctuaries, deprived of the lives they should have led in the wild.
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