War is bad for all living things – not just people.
This story is about some parrots in Luhansk who are suffering from post-traumatic stress. Even though the truce is in place now, the parrots are still in shock from what happened over the summer of 2014, according to the owner of the bird sanctuary, Sergei Galinichenko.
“The explosions and gunshots very much affected the behavior of the parrots, 85-90% of the birds who had eggs, stopped brooding them. Due to stress, the parental birds stopped feeding their young, and with time, the baby birds started to die. It got to the point, where even the grown birds refused their feed.”
Fortunately, according to Sergei, things have started to get better: “The smaller birds have calmed down, everything is normal for them; the large parrots have not been completely rehabilitated yet, but this will happen with time.”
Galinichenko currently has around 400 parrots of various species, including some rare breeds. He sells them to customers.