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Caesar, the Goldblatts parrot, dies
Caesar, the orange-winged Amazon parrot who has been a popular resident at the Sinnissippi Greenhouse Aviary since 1981, was found deceased Sunday morning, July 16, by Rockford Park District staff.
Caesar had been a fixture at the Goldblatts Department Store for 23 years before he found a home in the Greenhouse. He was a popular parrot, and lots of people visited with him over the past 25 years.
We know Caesar was at least 48 years old, but he could have been many years older, depending on his age when Goldblatts acquired him. He used to say Hello to visitors, and he apparently knew a few words in Spanish, but we havent heard much from him in the past few years, reported Haylie Goodin, Garden Maintenance coordinator of the Sinnissippi Gardens and Greenhouse.
Greenhouse staff mist the birds in the aviary every half hour and refill fresh water frequently to keep the birds comfortable in high heat situations. Caesar was fine Saturday evening, July 15, when the staff last checked on the birds.
Dr. Sandra Durst of Hillcrest Animal Hospital conducted an autopsy on Caesar to determine the cause of his death. She discovered Caesar had a tumor on his left adrenal gland, which can cause hormonal and electrolyte imbalances.
Haylie added: Caesar and his cage mate, Whiskers, were inseparable. Were keeping a close eye on Whiskers and talking to him often so he doesnt become lonely. Whiskers is a yellow-naped macaw, age unknown.
From the July 26-Aug. 1, 2006, issue