Pet Parakeet in Thailand Swallows 21 Diamonds

An eight-month old pet Sun Parakeet named “Frosty” from Bangkok, Thailand, created both national and international news recently, when the bird attracted by shiny appearance unknowingly swallowed 21 small diamonds of 0.2-carat size, set on a necklace belonging to its Mistress. It appears that “Frosty” the pet, raided it’s Mistress’ own jewelry box, and seeing the glittering diamonds started plucking the stones from the diamond encrusted necklace. Not satisfied after gulping one or two stones, Frosty continued to pluck until it had eaten a full stomach of 21 stones.

Pet Parakket Frosty pictured after swallowing the diamonds

Pet Parakket Frosty pictured after swallowing the diamonds

After this everything was fine, and apparently the “robbery” would not have been detected, if the observant owner of the pet did not notice an abnormal behaviour of his loving pet, that appeared to be weak by lunch time, refusing to eat anything and was showing signs of stomach ache.

X ray showing beads inside the stomach of the bird

X ray showing beads inside the stomach of the bird

Concerned by the pet’s abnormal behaviour, the owner rushed Frosty to the closest Veterinary Hospital, which fortunately was near her residence, “The Animal Space Hospital” in the Thai Capital and was able to book Frosty in for an X-ray.

Another x-ray image of the parakeet showing beads in the stomach

Another x-ray image of the parakeet showing beads in the stomach

When the results of the X-ray came out, to the utter shock and the amazement of the owner it turned out that the stomach of the pet was full of small bead-like objects, about whose nature the owner did not have even the slightest idea.

In any case, the Veterniary Surgeons who attended to the sick bird, decided to go in for an immediate emergency operation, to save the life of the bird. A team of doctors led by Dr. Kuntita Paveenasakorn carried out the surgery and was able to remove 21 small beads from the bird’s stomach. As in any other routine operation, the parrot was sedated, before its small stomach was opened to remove the beads.

A close up of the diamonds after removal by surgery

A close up of the diamonds after removal by surgery

When the doctors washed the beads they were surprised to discover that they were actually glittery small stones, which the owner identified as diamonds. Only then did the owner realize that her pet parakeet had actually raided her jewelry box, and plucked the stones from her diamond encrusted necklace.

Dr. Paveenasakom estimated that each of the diamonds weighed approximately about 0.2 carats, working out to a total weight of 4.2 carats. The doctor said, “This kind of bird is attracted to things that glitter. We see this kind of situation a lot, but this case was strange, because the parrot ate lots of valuable diamonds.”

The doctor continued,”The tiny things inside his stomach were sharp, which caused the parrot to have stomach aches. They could have wounded its organs if the owner did not bring the bird to us.”

It took the doctors more than two hours to perform the delicate operation. According to the surgical team, Frosty will have to stay in the hospital for at least a week until the stitch wouinds heal. Frosty was said to be recovering well after the operation, and was expected to be discharged by the end of the month.

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