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Rescuers flock to save parrots stranded by Ian

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: ASSOCIATED PRESSPine Island, Florida - 4 October 20221. STILL of birds in cages2. Various of boats en route to Pine Island3. SOUNDBITE (English) Bryan Stern, founder, Project Dynamo++PARTIALLY COVERED++"Today is day five, or six, of operations. We have a four-boat operation going on today to rescue 100 cages of birds off the island before they die."4. Bird cages lifted from boat onto dock5. Various of birds being put in cagesASSOCIATED PRESSFort Myers, Florida - 4 October 20226. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexis Highland, Volunteer++PARTIALLY COVERED++"We're going to try to create up as many parrots as we possibly can. Get them to safety. They were short on food, Fish and Wildlife was able to get them food two days ago. So we're just going to try to get them all out and they're going to probably be with us for at least six months to a year we're projecting before they'll be able to repair everything at the place they're at now before we can move all the birds back onto the island."ASSOCIATED PRESSPine Island, Florida - 4 October 20227. Various of damaged bird shelter8. Wide of volunteer pushing cart with birds in cages9. Various of birdsANNOTATION: "The Malama Manu Sanctuary in Pine Island, Florida is home to hundreds of rare and exotic birds."10. Wide of home where birds were kept during hurricane11. SOUNDBITE (English) Will Peratino, Owner, Malama Manu Sanctuary++PARTIALLY COVERED++"So we were in the stilt house behind me that's 12 feet off the ground. We had all 275 birds and our two lemurs up there with us. We had three-foot whitecaps in the front yard. I'm not kidding you. I have a five-foot fence around the property and the water was a foot over the fence. So if we had not captured all the birds and put them in crates and put them 12 feet up, we would have lost all of them."12. Fish stuck in fence after hurricane flooding13. SOUNDBITE (English) Will Peratino, Owner, Malama Manu Sanctuary++PARTIALLY COVERED++Peratino: "If you're an animal lover, you don't think about yourself first."Reporter: "What do you think about?"Peratino: "Just protecting the animals -- they're family. Yeah, yeah."14. Peratino puts parrot in cage16. Various of birds in cages17. Various of birds being loaded onto boatASSOCIATED PRESSFort Myers, Florida - 4 October 202218. SOUNDBITE (English) Ghassan Aboud, volunteer++PARTIALLY COVERED++"We know a lot of these parrots are losing habitat in their original countries. So maintaining these species in the United States, through captive breeding, helps the survival of these species in the future."ASSOCIATED PRESSPine Island, Florida - 4 October 202219. Various of birds on boatASSOCIATED PRESSFort Myers, Florida - 4 October 202220. SOUNDBITE (English) Will Peratino, Owner, Malama Manu Sanctuary++PARTIALLY COVERED++"Now that we're back on the mainland, we know we're halfway to get the birds safe. We have about a four-hour drive, and we'll be good. It's been a long week. This represents us being able to accomplish what we wanted to do was save all these birds. You know, we heard other people just abandoned their pets and there's no way we could do that."21. Wide of birds being unloadedSTORYLINE:Will Peratino and his partner Lauren Stepp would not leave their Pine Island compound in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, even as authorities pleaded with residents to abandon their homes because of damaged roads, including a collapsed bridge that prevented deliveries of food, gas and other life-sustaining supplies.The couple could not give up on their two lemurs and flock of birds — 275 parrots, including some of the world's rarest.So a rescue mission — dubbed "Operation Noah's Ark" — was launched Tuesday to catch, cage and ferry the birds off the island, as a condition to persuade Peratino and Stepp to come with them.The birds have been relying on food donated by wildlife officials since Ian hit, but the supply of fruit, peanuts and other edibles would soon be hard to come by because of the downed bridge and the scarcity of gasoline on the island.Hurricane Ian battered Southwest Florida a week ago with 150 mph gusts, making some roads impassable and islands inaccessible. Wind-driven rains and ocean surges brought dangerous flooding.In the hours before the storm, the sanctuary owners herded their flock of birds and packed them into their home to shield them from the ferocity of the elements.For several hours Tuesday, the volunteers stuck nets and their bare hands into cages to pen the birds in cages. The birds — from macaws to cockatoos and rare king parrots, of which only two dozen pairs are kept in the United States — squawked and flapped their wings and their handlers put them in cages.Some whistled and spoke, including several with mischievous vocabularies.Ghassan Abboud, a Chicago dentist who owns a bird farm in West Palm Beach, is an acquaintance of the sanctuary owners. When he heard of their plight, he mustered his resources to help. He had imagined commissioning a small boat to ferry cages from Pine Island to a dock on the mainland, where an air-conditioned trailer would transport the birds to his property across the Florida peninsula.But by chance he came across the Project Dynamo team, who have been volunteering to help rescue people stranded by floodwaters and damaged roads. "We know a lot of these parrots are losing habitat in their original countries. So maintaining these species in the United States, through captive breeding, helps the survival of these species in the future," Abboud said.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.




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