So it turns out my birdwatching hobby is good for something!
Today Alexandre and I went out to lunch. We parked and were walking through a neighborhood to get to the restaurant. We passed a two-story apartment building, and on the second floor balcony of one of the apartments was a poor little golden-capped parakeet! You may remember last year when I saw these flying around in Caipirópolis and I was super excited because they're an endangered species. They're easy to identify because of their bright red heads (they also have a distinct call-- well, distinct to me, because I'm a nerd).
But the poor little guy! Some bastard was keeping it as a pet!! It needs to be somewhere reproducing to save the species! They're also birds that mate for life and get depressed if they're alone. :( :(
So you can take the girl out of America...
As soon as we got home from lunch, I looked up the information on how to report people that have wild animals as pets. I found two email addresses, one from IBAMA (like EPA) and one from RENCTAS, which is the national animal trafficking watchdog group. I also found the local phone number for the "environment police". Ha. I just love that translation. Anyway, just for good measure, I sent emails to both and also called the local department and made a report. The guy didn't sound very promising, but maybe he's just sad he has to work on Sunday afternoon when the game is on. In any case, if he flakes out, hopefully one of the emails will make something happen.
So take that, endangered animal owner!
I'm gonna drive by there again in a couple of weeks and see if it's still there. I hope the little guy is saved!