Faced with an overwhelming number of frail and hungry fledglings, the ECO, already operating under severely strained conditions, was forced to send out an S.O.S. to the local community for help.
Volunteers hand-fed the birds with special syringes fitted with long silicone tubes, which had to be inserted directly in the esophagus for efficient feeding and to prevent diseases such as candidiasis and aspiration pneumonia.
In addition, an appeal for special baby parrot food was sent out to the international avian community. The plea was heard by Hagen, which immediately provided a donation of 500 pounds of Tropican Hand-Feeding Formula for Parrots, developed by Hagen Avicultural Research Institute (HARI) in Montreal.