SYDNEY (dpa) – A wildlife sanctuary in Tasmania on Sunday threw a party for Fred the cockatoo (pic R), who reached the ripe age of 100 and attracted birthday wishes from as far afield as Buckingham Palace.
The sulphur-crested bird with a penchant for female company and a way with words has lived at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary for at least the last 20 years, broadcaster ABC reported.
The birds reportedly live to around 40 years in the wild, while 70 in captivity is considered old.
Sanctuary staff presented Fred with a white cake shaped in the number 100, with three yellow candles. Children with painted faces and costu-mes were among the party guests.
Fred’s caretaker Petra Harris said the bird liked to stay inside, preferred to be around women and had a good vocabulary, with favourite lines including “Hello Fred” and “Polly want a cracker”, ABC reported.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sent a letter in May after the sanctuary informed her of its work and its centenarian cockatoo.