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Scum of the earth shoots parrot

One of the wild parrots that live in Imperial Beach was shot by one or more shooters on Monday night, September 29.

Amanda Plante, the development and education director for the nonprofit organization SoCal Parrot, said her organization received a call about the injured bird after residents called authorities. The yellow-headed Amazon parrot was found on Evergreen Street, near the pier.

"It was bleeding," Plante said. "They called the police and Animal Control, and then the neighbor contacted us."

A Facebook page devoted to the incident reflected the Imperial Beach locals' concern. "You are lower than the scum of the earth," one post said, addressing the unknown shooter. "To deliberately hurt one of these beautiful creatures is disgusting." Another reads, "I hope the shooter gets a taste of his own medicine."

SoCal Parrot is providing medical assistance to the bird.

"I saw the parrot today," Plante said on Wednesday, October 1. "It's resting and recovering, awaiting possible surgery" for two pellets or BBs in its neck and chest as well as for multiple wing fractures.

Plante said there may have been two shooters because the two objects look different.

“One is a standard BB, the other looks like a pellet material," she said.

Plante speculated that the shooters "could be kids, practicing shooting cans" or the shooting could have been more malicious by "someone bothered by the birds." The parrots are known for their loud squawking.

Plante was surprised to learn that at least four yellow-headed Amazons live in Imperial Beach.

"It's a very rare bird, endangered globally, rare for San Diego…. It's pretty amazing, this is the first one that has come to us in the San Diego area."

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One of the wild parrots that live in Imperial Beach was shot by one or more shooters on Monday night, September 29.

Amanda Plante, the development and education director for the nonprofit organization SoCal Parrot, said her organization received a call about the injured bird after residents called authorities. The yellow-headed Amazon parrot was found on Evergreen Street, near the pier.

"It was bleeding," Plante said. "They called the police and Animal Control, and then the neighbor contacted us."

A Facebook page devoted to the incident reflected the Imperial Beach locals' concern. "You are lower than the scum of the earth," one post said, addressing the unknown shooter. "To deliberately hurt one of these beautiful creatures is disgusting." Another reads, "I hope the shooter gets a taste of his own medicine."

SoCal Parrot is providing medical assistance to the bird.

"I saw the parrot today," Plante said on Wednesday, October 1. "It's resting and recovering, awaiting possible surgery" for two pellets or BBs in its neck and chest as well as for multiple wing fractures.

Plante said there may have been two shooters because the two objects look different.

“One is a standard BB, the other looks like a pellet material," she said.

Plante speculated that the shooters "could be kids, practicing shooting cans" or the shooting could have been more malicious by "someone bothered by the birds." The parrots are known for their loud squawking.

Plante was surprised to learn that at least four yellow-headed Amazons live in Imperial Beach.

"It's a very rare bird, endangered globally, rare for San Diego…. It's pretty amazing, this is the first one that has come to us in the San Diego area."

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The scum have been shooting the innocent parrots in OB/ Point Loma too, for too long. Change the thinking, change the behavior.

Oct. 1, 2014

Makes me think of the guy who's running around shooting peacocks in Rolling Hills Estates near Long Beach. I truly hope all of them are found and punished as heavily as possible.

Oct. 2, 2014

Scum of the earth seems a bit harsh, don't you think? People jump on the band wagon to kill coyotes. Wait, let me use a better example...., pigeons or "flying rats' as they are affectionately called. I don't suppose you're aware they are regularly poisoned by the city to keep their population down? Kids kick them. Construction workers throw the crumbs from the lunch into the street just so they can hopefully see one get smashed by an oncoming car Another good example is seagulls. They are a nuisance to many, so some legislation allows for killing, destroying of their nests and/or destruction of their eggs, but i don't hear too much name calling over that. Ducks, pheasants, quail.......... But someone shoots a parrot out of the sky and hold on to your hats. There is about to be so name calling over that beautifully loud bird squawking around in the sky with all of his other loud feathered friends. Funny how we humans deem which creatures are acceptable to kill for food, sport, and out of the sheer fact that they cause us annoyance. Then we fight like the dickens to preserve some species we have taken to near distinction.
Hopefully someday we will be able to control the human population, til then we just got bigots. not to say that i'm not in favor, or condone or sit idly by if someone hurting another creature of any kind. i won't even smash a spider, but i'm not a saint either.

Oct. 9, 2014

The "scum of the earth" quote is just a first reaction, and not part of methodology to damage the person who is doing this animal cruelty act. A better punishment when found would be to sentence this individual, or group to work under close supervision with groups, that take-in wild animals for recovery. My wife and I, have had our domestic animals killed, because they made noise in the morning. The animals killed were a donkey mother, and its baby. They He Haw in the morning for food, because they are hungry, but some jerk poisoned them, because he didn't like being woken by the sound of a baby donkey, in the early morning. Yes, we knew who it was, but they were a minor, and got nothing more than a reprimand for their killings. The point is, that I felt like wanting the right to kill this person, but it was a first reaction, and it passed very quickly. The person who killed these animals went on to kill other animals, and as an adult he was beaten severely for his acts of violence to animals. Where he belongs, is in a mental institution for the rest of his life, because he gets a superior feeling for killing lesser animals. So, this person, when found, should have a complete mental examination, and if he is found to be incorrigible in society, then he/she should be removed from society. Society demands that harsh standards for taking life should be implemented, and if it isn't, then the person involved will graduate to the next level of taking human life. The taking of a life of an lesser animal, or a human life should never be taken for granted.

March 14, 2016

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