October 15th, 1998-February 27th, 2013
Arthur, a.k.a. Wart, was the youngest bird at the lab. He loved to play with all of his toys and would say “want some” whenever the research assistants ate lunch. His favorite word was “tickle.”
Arthur passed away on February 27th, 2013 at the young age of 14. He died from Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD) complicated by kidney disease. PDD is a little-understood disease caused by Avian Bornavirus (ABV). We do not know how or when Arthur could have contracted this virus, as he could have had it for years without showing symptoms, or it is possible he was born with it. There is no cure for PDD.
We miss him dearly.