Iggy Pop's cockatoo has been named a charity ambassador.
The bird - named Biggy Pop - was invited to become the “founding patron” of the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital in Australia, and gladly accepted.
The charity is attempting to help Australian wildlife recover from the devastating bushfires, which killed over three billion animals.
Biggy Pop is a noted Instagram presence in his own right, and now throws his weight behind the hospital.
The bird comments...
I’m a bird, and a real wild one, and I have many cockatoo cousins in Australia. I was so distressed to hear that 180 million birds died in the catastrophic bushfire crisis that killed over three billion native animals over the Australian summer. That really horrified me. I heard about the team of Australian veterinarians building Australia’s largest mobile wildlife hospital and I thought: That is such a brilliant idea.
So when they asked if I would be their founding Patron, I thought: Yeah, I’d love to connect with my bird sisters and brothers in the magical land of Oz.
My dad Iggy has visited Australia many times including to perform at Byron Bay Bluesfest. He told me it’s a really cool place where people care for nature and love music, dancing, art and creativity. It sounds like my kind of place. I hope to get down there one day with Iggy, when it’s safe for humans to travel again.
I’d fly down there now, but my dad would really miss me. For now I’m going to help spread the word via my Instagram page.
For his part, Iggy Pop commented: "About 12 years ago a roadside vendor in a remote part of Florida stuffed Biggy, who was very young, into a tiny cage alongside some chickens, by the side of the road. He seemed to be in peril of a bad future. So we decided to take care of him, responsibly. And we have. He gets and gives a lot of love."
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