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This Book Is for the Birds!

Published 07/27/09

While traveling in Indonesia six years ago, Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson aided in the release of a wild-caught parrot — a rainbow lorikeet — who had been chained to a perch for more than a year. He paced back and forth on that tiny perch, occasionally biting at the chain in defiance of its authority, and when he called out in vain to birds flying free over head, it was heartbreaking. He was just one bird out of millions who suffer the same fate as a result of the “pet” bird trade. But “Lucky,” as Monica and her associates called him, deserved to be free. He suffered. And their hearts went out to him.

Monica used Lucky’s story to create a children’s book that gently awakens children to the plight of captive birds. The fictional Lucky is captured in the wild and eventually regains his freedom with the help of a young Indonesian boy. The book also includes information about real Lucky.

Produced by the Avian Welfare Coalition, Lucky is a beautifully illustrated 32-page softcover “perfect bound” book printed on recycled, chlorine-free paper to protect the environment and the world’s forests, and 100% of the proceeds from its sale benefits avian welfare, rescue, and conservation — to help birds like Lucky everywhere.

Help send Born Free USA’s “Keep Wildlife in the Wild” message to the next generation. Order a copy of Lucky for the children in your life, or purchase a copy for your local school or library today at www.bornfreeusa.org/lucky.

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