Just off state road 52 in St. Leo Florida, nestled between a University and a golf course, you’ll find...
The St. Leo Benedictine Abbey, home to a small community of Monks that live a contemplative life practicing the Lectio Divina (divine reading) through meditation and prayer. Several years ago, the Monks opened their hearts and home to a pair of male Macaws that needed re-homing due to an unfortunate owner situation. The first one, named Wolfgang is a Catalina, and the other, named BJ is an equally striking Blue & Gold. At first blush, one can only imagine what a natural pairing this could be--and thoughts of “the tranquility of a monastery as a home for two stunning creatures of God” can certainly brighten anyone's day.
Well… let’s just say that the Monks quickly learned that parrots are active and intelligent creatures that don’t understand nor subscribe to vows of silence and will unabashedly provide daily testing of this type of practice. Compound this with Wolfgang and BJ’s growing beaks and nails amidst their craving for personal interaction, and one can see how the Monks needed the services of our very own Bird Mother. So when the first call rang out, Bird Mother graciously accepted the invitation for prayer, lunch and visitation of the Grotto—and oh yes, some much needed beak and nail trimming.
This could very well be where the story ended, except, shortly after Bird Mother provided parrot manicuring services, Wolfgang and BJ began exhibiting what we’ll just call “mating season behavior.” It immediately became clear to the Monks that two raging hormonal balls of feathers may be better suited in a natural sanctuary environment and the second call to Bird Mother rang out.
Bird Mother explained to the Monks that this a natural behavior that parrots in captivity exhibit--and that FEBS would be happy to provide Wolfgang and BJ with an environment that curbs this call of the wild by allowing them to socialize with flock mates, forage for food and enjoy other stimulating playtime activities. The Monks wholeheartedly agreed that Wolfgang and BJ "needed all of the above" and Bird Mother promptly transported them to sanctuary life reimagined.
And this my friends concludes this story of how Wolfgang and BJ became a part of the FEBS family.
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Wolfgang and BJ ready to start their journey to their new home at FEBS.
Wolfgang and BJ get a blessing and a goodbye.
Wolfgang and BJ's new home at FEBS in a free flight enclosure.