Charlie, an African grey parrot, became the first bird to receive an identification microchip implant at the Burbank Animal Shelter.
Now, if she’s ever lost, a breast scan will reveal her ID number, and through a recovery network she can be reunited with her owner.
In dogs and cats, the microchip, the size of a grain of rice, is applied just under the skin at the back of the neck.
Connie Donoho of Burbank has had Charlie for 15 years, and even though the parrot’s wings are clipped, Donoho decided to have her microchipped in case she ever wanders away.
In the past, Animal Control Officer John McCullough said shelter officials recommended birds and other exotic animals get microchipped at a veterinary office in Studio City.