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Macaws offer feathered ‘therapy’ to suffering Venezuelans

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 18, 2019 12:49

Macaws offer feathered ‘therapy’ to suffering Venezuelans

Looking for an escape from the daily realities of crisis-ridden Venezuela, Carmen Gomez finds solace receiving visitors on the roof of her Caracas apartment building every morning: groups of blue and gold macaws that arrive at daybreak.Gomez, a 49-year-old alternative medicine therapist, sat one bright morning in May on top of her 11-story building with a can of sunflower seeds and a tray of bananas to await their arrival.After nearly an hour, two macaws landed on the roof. A third swooped out of the sky and casually perched on her head – releasing two of the typical squawks that often resonate across the city.Long described as a bright spot in a city that has been in decline for years, Caracas’ macaws have become a mechanism of escape from the daily grind of finding potable water, struggling with collapsing internet and avoiding crime-ridden streets.The simple contact with the increasingly people-friendly macaws, some varieties of which are threatened by animal trafficking, has become an alternative to pricey movie outings or trips to the beach that used to help people unwind.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 18, 2019 12:49