Welcome To
Acadia Broadcasting NewsThe Latest and Greatest ContentYour Trusted Local Source


Source: novascotia.ca (Communications Nova Scotia/File)

Parrot mascot to leave museum in Halifax to get out of depression

By Caitlin Snow Apr 5, 2024 | 10:58 AM

A popular mascot at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is saying farewell to Nova Scotia.

The province says Merlin the Macaw is heading to Safari Niagara in Ontario.

According to the museum, there, he will be with a family of macaws, in a lush, stimulating environment.

Merlin, a hybrid rainbow macaw, will be 22 this year, and has been a resident at the museum for nearly 20 years.

However, the province says he has been showing signs of depression and stress due to changes of routine and lack of visitors.

Dr. Kim Peacock from the St. Margaret’s Bay Animal Hospital says she has been working with staff to monitor the parrot’s health.

“As an intelligent, social and curious animal, the move will benefit Merlin.”

The Museum says Merlin will not be available to see Saturday as he is getting his final checkup before he leaves.

You can visit him during regular hours April 7-14.

Merlin will travel to his new home, with staff, on April 15.