Budgie Who Went Bald From Stress Finds Loving Owner
A heartwarming video has emerged showing a bald budgie as she happily perches alongside her new owner in the Netherlands.
Little Coco lost all of her feathers while living a stressful life under the hands of her previous owner, but this all changed when she was adopted by animal lover Nardjara Bennaars in Zoetermeer.
Coco rose to internet fame after her story made its way online, having been mistreated by her previous owner and catching a viral infection that led to her baldness.
As you can see in the clip, despite not being able to fly as a result of her condition, the little bird doesn't let it get her down.
In fact, Coco appears to be oblivious to her condition as she chills out on her owner's finger, although at one point she is shown furiously flapping her wings in an attempt to fly.
Afterwards, the bird drops down to the floor where she runs about before pecking at some food from her bowl.
Coco has since garnered a sizeable fanbase on social media, with nearly 7,500 followers on Instagram alone, alongside hundreds of comments from users who can't get enough of her cute feather-free antics.
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"She's such a cutie," wrote one user, while another said, "She's cute the way she is."
Coco's baldness came as a result of catching psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD), an extremely contagious disease that affects the beak, feathers and immune system of birds belonging to the Psittacidae family.
According to Pet Coach: "It (PBFD) was first recognized in 1975 by veterinarians in Australia, where the disease affects wild birds.
"Although birds showing signs of disease usually die, it is common for birds to be exposed to the virus, develop a mild infection, and recover."
The site goes on to say that most birds diagnosed with the disease are under two years of age.
This was the case for little Coco, although she's now three years old and enjoying her life with her new forever family.
Owner Nardjara said: "Coco's feathers can't grow. The disease attacks her feather follicles and prevents them from growing.
"Sometimes she has the tiny head of breast feathers that grow a little bit, but they fall off really quickly.
"I take care of Coco. My house is always warm, I love her with all my heart and I do my best to try to give her the best life possible."
Featured Image Credit: Caters