At 17 years old, Benji had a pretty stable life, but recently everything suddenly changed.
When Benji's owner's boyfriend decided he didn't like the pet bird, a Congo African grey parrot, Benji was thrown out of her home, dumped at a shelter. It didn't seem to matter that Benji had spent her whole life by her owner's side.
"Her feet are very arthritic and crippled, which is indicative of sitting in a cage on a perch and not getting out," Marie told The Dodo. "She is very sweet, which shows that at one time she was very loved, but then forgotten."
Parrots are not domesticated animals, Marie often reminds people, even if they have been born in captivity and sold as pets. Too many exotic birds are neglected or become homeless because people don't realize what they need to be happy.
Thankfully, Benji finally has a place she can call home again.