The aviary was created for birds which have been rescued by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche and his students.
“The aviary was built to provide maximum comfort, enjoyment, safety and care for our birds. The beautifully landscaped interior has perches, trees, plants, Buddha statues, heat lamps, lighting, toys, and a feeding trench. The melodious chanting of mantras permeates the air, bringing blessings to the birds and insects within the aviary and its environs.”
There is also a smaller aviary, where they quarantine birds who are ill or who have been abused/neglected.
British racing driver and budgie fancier, James Hunt.
According to his son, “He had about 250 or 300 budgies at one point. He’d spend hours on end with them each day and take them to shows around the country. He even won awards for them. We have the trophies at home, alongside his race-winning trophies!”
We gave Sido a bath. I’m not sure if she had ever had one before. It took her awhile to approach the water, but she finally got in. And then just stood there. No splashing or playing in the water. She’ll climb out and then climb in again and stand there. Well, at least her feet are clean : ).