CARACAS (Reuters) – On the lookout for an escape from the every day realities of crisis-ridden Venezuela, Carmen Borges finds solace receiving guests on the roof of her Caracas house constructing each morning: teams of blue and gold macaws that arrive at dawn.
A macaw flies over a rooftop of a constructing with a bit of banana in its beak in Caracas, Venezuela, June 12, 2019. Image taken June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
Borges, a 49-year-old different drugs therapist, sat one shiny morning in Could on high of her 11-story constructing with a can of sunflower seeds and a tray of bananas to await their arrival.
After practically an hour, two macaws landed on the roof. A 3rd swooped out of the sky and casually perched on her head – releasing two of the standard squawks that always resonate throughout the town.
“This one determined that she’s mine – or slightly that I’m hers,” mentioned Borges, who says she acknowledges the chicken due to a mark on its beak. “I believe they’ve changed into the therapists of Caracas,” she mentioned, unfazed by the chicken impatiently pecking her brow as she peeled a banana.
Lengthy described as a shiny spot in a metropolis that has been in decline for years, Caracas’ macaws have turn into a mechanism of escape from the every day grind of discovering potable water, fighting collapsing web and avoiding crime-ridden streets.
The easy contact with the more and more people-friendly macaws, some sorts of that are threatened by animal trafficking, has turn into an alternative choice to expensive film outings or journeys to the seaside that used to assist individuals unwind.
A 2015 examine discovered that Caracas has between 200 and 300 blue and yellow macaws, that are believed to have come from the jungles of southern Venezuela, in line with biologist Maria Gonzalez of Simon Bolivar College.
No inhabitants research have been carried out since then for lack of funds, mentioned Gonzalez, including that it’s tough to trace the birds with transmitters as a result of they take away them.
“Caracas is ideal as a result of it has a variety of timber, it’s very inexperienced, it has a variety of fruit timber – and it has no macaw predators,” she mentioned. “The place there’s a variety of meals and no predators, that feels like paradise.”
Vitorio Poggi, 75, has fed macaws for many years after changing into fascinated by one which adopted him whereas he was using his bike within the 1970s.
“I like the way in which they fly, particularly as a result of they fly in pairs,” mentioned Poggi in his dwelling outdoors Caracas, the place he at present feeds round 20 of the birds twice a day.
(Story corrects identify from Carmen Gomez to Carmen Borges all through)
Reporting by Brian Ellsworth and Vivian Sequera; Enhancing by Dan Grebler