When a little lovebird named Blondie first came to live with the Escobar family in Venezuela, his name seemed perfectly fitting. Covered in bright yellow feathers, the curious bird would light up every room he entered.
But as Blondie grew, his namesake plumage began to fall out in clumps. His family couldn’t figure out why such a happy little bird was slowly going bald.
“He wasn’t flying like he used to, leading him to fall a lot,” Isabella Escobar, Blondie’s sister, told The Dodo. “I thought it was odd, but my parents said that he was just going through a phase.”