This Australian Man Has Set Up A Retirement Home For Birds Whose Owners Have Passed Away

Ken Banks' lifelong love of birds led him to become president of the Rockhampton Finch and Parrot Social Club, but now it has also made him the owner of an enormous retirement home for birds whose owners have died or moved into assisted living facilities. Find out more here!

Ken Banks fell in love with birds as a child when his father let him have a few as pets, and ever since, it ha been a passion that refuses to stop growing. Now, it has turned not only into a passion but into a refuge for birds whose owners have died or moved into assisted living facilities which don't allow pets.

Ken Banks
I've just got a soft heart for birds. I can't see a bird being put down for no reason, when it's reasonably healthy and I can give it a home.
Ken Banks, ABC Australia, May 4, 2017

Birds can live for extraordinarily long amounts of time, some averaging ages into their seventies, and some even surpassing a century alive. Banks has one bird, a one-eyed Cockatoo named Popeye, who is 91 years old.

He's still a bit of a larrikin. I hope I'm as good as him when I'm 91, even if I have only got one eye.
He's still a bit of a larrikin. I hope I'm as good as him when I'm 91, even if I have only got one eye.
Ken Banks, ABC Australia, May 4, 2017

But how many birds is Banks caring for at the moment?

When asked about the birds, Banks simply said:

Ken Banks
I just love them. My wife will tell you I spend 90 per cent of my time with the birds.
Ken Banks, ABC Australia, May 4, 2017

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