Guinness the parrot has leg amputated
UNLUCKY Guinness the parrot has had to have one of her legs amputated.
It is the latest blow for the Twyning-based bird, who needs cataract operations on her eyes to stop her going blind.
An Echo story last week has since led to £250 worth of donations being sent to her keepers, Christine and Paul Forman, at the Safehaven Parrot Refuge.
The couple had appealed for financial help as they tried to cover the £3,000 cost of a first cataract operation on November 26.
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Mrs Forman said she and her husband were very grateful to everyone who donated money.
But she said the serious setback to Guinness happened when another of the birds at the refuge bit her on her right leg.
She said: "They do scrap like children and at first we thought it was just a bite that would heal.
"But it turned out that it had fractured the leg and the vet amputated it on Saturday.
"She's on antibiotics, a pain killer and is eating well, but now there is a question mark over whether she can have the operation on Monday."
The Formans think Guinness, who originates from the Amazon, but was shipped to England in 1998, is aged between 40 and 45.
They can be contacted on 01684 850466.