On May 28, a tiny St. Vincent Amazon parrot pushed its way out of an egg at the Houston Zoo.
The egg was the size of a large chestnut. The bird was 3 inches tall, with bulging eyes that would take another nine days to open and skin covered with a whitish down.
Christopher Holmes, a zoo supervisor in the bird department, was the first person to lay eyes on the rare parrot. Since then, the two have been inseparable.
Holmes, 26, says that he is the chick’s “primary hand rearer.” But let’s call it what it is.
“The chick goes with me everywhere,” says Holmes, who started volunteering at the zoo when he was 14 and is working on a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the University of Houston. “In the beginning, I was feeding it every two hours from 5 a.m. till midnight. I did that for 16 days.”
Ann Zych – FunTime Birdy