Charlie The Macaw Appointed 'Parrot in Residence' At Legoland Windsor Resort

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On February 24th, 2014, the managers at UK's Legoland Windsor Resort sent out an unusual casting call across the nation. They were seeking a parrot that would 'shiver their timbers' for their new Pirate Shores attraction. Pet owners were asked to apply by sending a photo and a short convincing essay on why their bird was the 'Ultimate Parrot Pirate'.

After sifting through the applications, the judges selected four finalists and invited them for a live interview on March 10th. Among them was Tracey, a Scarlet Macaw, who showcased her tremendous 'pirate' skills by sniffing out the goodies that had been hidden under coconut shells and then making a rapid getaway, on a tiny scooter.

Also in contention was Zico a Green-winged Macaw. The bird that weighed 1.4 kilos (3.08 lbs) was not just the biggest, but also, the smartest of the fab four. He first gained the trust of the judges by helping them with guest check out. Then, when no one was looking, the crafty bird took off with a trolley load of Lego pieces. Though he did not get very far, it was sure worth a try.

Then there was Jethro, a Hybrid Macaw who at 20 was the youngest of the lot and therefore, the most daring. He just decided to go straight for the gold coins and deposit them one at time into his locked treasure chest.

Though the contestants were all super impressive, it was 32-year-old Charlie that wowed the judges the most. He pulled the ultimate pirate trick by rolling over and pretending to be dead! The judges said that Blue and Yellow Macaw was picked because he seemed to demonstrate an extra touch of 'pirate-y mischief'. As it turns out, they are absolutely right. According to Charlie's owner Peter Bloom, the crafty bird has many other tricks up her sleeve or should we say wing? Among them are destructive chewing and loud vocalization!

Charlie will begin his job, which entails meeting and greeting Legoland visitors over the upcoming Easter break when the new attraction opens to the public. No word on whether his contract will be renewed after the holidays or whether he will be paid in anything other than sunflower seeds!

Resources: guardian.co.uk, legoland.co.uk

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165 Comments
  • hollotyr000
    hollotyr000Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 11:12 am
    i love it
    • hollotyr000
      hollotyr000Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 11:13 am
      it wuz fune
    • misheel_ice
      misheel_iceMonday, March 21, 2016 at 5:50 am
      I love the LEGO LOVER(WHICH IS A BIRD!) SO I LOVE LEGOS AND THR BIRD LOVES IT TOO
      • Lil swag masterMonday, December 7, 2015 at 12:10 pm
        So cool !!!😜😜
        • abdallah Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 10:30 am
          i learned about the birds that the big ones are smart
          • peter17$Monday, May 18, 2015 at 7:30 am
            i have a pet parrot xD
            • bluetooth
              bluetoothFriday, January 23, 2015 at 8:59 am
              That's cute.
              • animefan3
                animefan3Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 11:11 am
                You can do it parrots x)
                • kateylolzsup
                  kateylolzsupThursday, January 8, 2015 at 9:19 am
                  I like parrots when they do tricks
                  • anthonystack
                    anthonystackThursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:51 am
                    If i had a parret.it would problebly die if it said as much as i do.NO JOKE
                    • kayleepettiford
                      kayleepettifordThursday, May 22, 2014 at 8:09 am
                      that was gets sooooo soooo soooo cuteeee:)