Way back in June 2013 Sarah contacted Animalcouriers for help moving her two pet parrots from Scotland to the US. Last weekend, the mission was finally accomplished.
Ptak is a Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus Coelestis) and Maverick is a Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus Senegalus). Both species are protected by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), so Sarah had to work through the maze of paperwork required to allow the birds to travel between the UK and the US.
Because the process took longer than expected, Sarah had to return to the US, leaving her beloved birds in the care of friends. At last the correct paperwork was issued by the US Department of Agriculture, but as it was just before Christmas, the birds’ travel had to be delayed until the new year.
After two vet checks and a lot of shuffling of red tape, Ptak and Maverick jetted off from Glasgow to New York (JFK) via London Heathrow. They then had to spend 30 days in quarantine.
Sarah reports that the quarantine centre took excellent care of the birds, which was just as well as there was a further delay! The awful winter weather in the north of the US meant that Sarah had to wait an extra week before making the 12-hour round-trip from her home in Maryland to New York, to finally be reunited with Ptak and Maverick.
You can find out more about the reunion from Sarah’s own blog, Students and Birds.