A video emerged online showing a woman filming herself ill-treating what appears to be a lost parrot that she found.
The welfare group Parrot Society Singapore (PSS) posted on their Instagram, addressing the incident and appealing for information on the woman seen in the video.
The woman was seen in the video holding the bird, using her fingers to flick the bird on its beak violently and feeding it her own saliva.
PSS described the woman’s actions as “very concerning” and “dangerous”, and they are appealing to anyone with information on the woman and the parrot to contact them.
They also urged the public not to harass or doxx the woman, citing legality issues.
PSS said that the video was initially circulated on a lost-and-found bird group on Facebook, where the pet parrot was mentioned as a lost bird that was found.
The parrot, a Green-cheeked conure is not part of Singapore’s local biodiversity and is believed to be a lost pet instead of a wild bird.
PSS also added that human saliva contains bacteria that can be fatal to birds because they can’t fight off the bacteria in their bodies.
They also advised the public, if they see a lost pet bird, to try and secure it first; if not, they should share the sightings of the birds on lost and found groups on Facebook, or contact them on their Facebook page or Instagram for help.