The Continuing Story of Anak Berani, the Orphan Abbotti Cockatoo

The Continuing Story of Anak Berani, the Orphan Abbotti Cockatoo

Mar 16, 2016

anakstory02Anak Berani (Indonesian for brave young child) is one the rarest cockatoos in the world and has had quite an amazing life so far. We’ll recap briefly what happened in 2013 and then update you with the newest info about him from our recent visit to Masalembu.

The weather on Masakambing Island is very severe with high winds and heavy seas. In the past, several birds and their nest sites have been lost to falling trees. Thanks to a long term multi-faced program that KKI and IPP instituted on the island starting in 2008, the local community feels strongly about protecting the birds. Their local nickname for the cockatoos is “Beka.”

anakstory03In February of 2013, a fledgling chick fell from a nest tree when he was trying to fly. A kind man in the village brought the chick to the King who asked that he put the bird back up into the nest. For his kindness to the bird, the King gave the man a million rupiah (about $100).

In early October of the same year, Anak was hatched in a nest located in a large dead tree located deep in a mangrove swamp. There was a bad storm, the tree fell down and although the parents looked for their chick they, could not locate him. The chick did not have feathers and was not old enough to fly.

The next morning, a man named Samsu was walking through the swamp, saw that the chick was still alive, but he walked past the bird. He decided to drive to the village on his motorcycle and see if he would get a reward if he “found” a chick. The King said yes. Samsu went back, put the chick in a box and brought him to the King who gave him a million rupiah and asked him to care for the bird.


KKI contacted the IPP to find out what things they needed to care for the neonate. Dudi Nandika and Dwi Agustina visited the island in December with food, built a small cage and instructed Samsu on how to care for the chick. But, it turned out that Samsu only cared about the money. He put the bird in a small cage and fed it bananas, sweet tea and occasionally rice.

anakstory05In April, 2014, IPP traveled to Masakambing to help with the project.
Since there had been several incidents of chicks falling from trees, injuries, and occasions where birds needed immediate care, we brought vitamins, formula, books and materials to share with the local villagers about nutrition, avian anatomy and hand-feeding. We also taught them how handle and restrain birds safely.

To meet Anak, take a look at the 4 minute video, Saving the Rarest Cockatoo Chick in the World, located in the sidebar.

anakstory06We were anxious to visit the chick and traveled by motorbike to Samsu’s home located deep in the forest. It was a shock. The chick was starving, sick, stunted, dehydrated, couldn’t even perch and was near death. He was in a small cage hanging in a tree in the full sun with no food or water. His droppings looked like small dried up pieces of rice and were yellow. We took down the cage and decided to take the chick to our lodging for triage. Samsu actually blocked our way had the nerve to ask for a “reward” for taking care of the bird. We ignored him.

anakstory07Back at the house, we immediately gave him water and some food. He was so weak he could eat no more than a teaspoon of food at a time. That afternoon, we assembled all the women of the household and local teachers and held a class in avian care, anatomy, hand-feeding, and food preparation. Even though Anak was eight months old he would have to be fed every two hours just like a newborn. He weighed a little over 100 grams. After his second feeding we went to the village for a brief visit.

Well, Samsu showed up at the house while we were away, said the cage was his, said that it cost a lot of money, threw Anak on the ground, grabbed the cage and left. Ibu Enju, who would be the bird’s new caretaker, heard him screaming in fear as soon as Samsu drove up. She placed Anak in a laundry basket and hand-fed him for the first time.anakstory08

Upon our return, we put together a makeshift cage. That is when he earned his name Anak Berani.

We left for the U.S. the next day. The hope was that Anak would be able to regain his strength, learn to eat forest foods and return to the forest. Ibu Enju and the other women would feed and care for him. If Anak bonded to humans, it would make it difficult for him to assimilate with a wild flock.


By the way…Samsu was banished from the island for his cruelty to such a rare cockatoo.

anakstory11When we returned this past October, we realized the two year old Anak was never going be able to fly, or would have any chance to survive in the wild. His new large cage had been built but he was only using a small portion of it. Every time someone would come out of the house, he would hang on the cage looking lonely.

anakstory10Anak was still being hand-fed, and playing with forest food, but totally dependent upon humans. If he was to stay alive, his treatment needed to go in a new direction.

The decision was made to give him the physical and emotional attention that he so desperately needed. Lisa Lawrence, a guest on our eco tour made great strides with him. He perked up, started eating better including eating some foods on his own, and was observed playing and preening in his cage. The women and children started spending more time with him and he now has a human family.

Anak Berani has many health issues and in March of 2016 when the seas are safe to travel, we will be sending out the best avian veterinarian in Indonesia to help him. We believe that during his early formative period, he had no proper food and no attention. He has crippled feet, a scissors beak and is stunted.

What he lacks in physical stamina is overcome by his spirit to survive. He is a charming and tough survivor. He is one of a small handful Abbotti cockatoos, a treasure that we need to preserve.


Will you help Anak?

We are trying to raise a total of $2000 for Anak.

$500 pays Berani’s caretaker, Ibu Enju, for one year
$1,500 pays travel for an Avian vet, medications and medical care for Anak

All donations are welcome of any size.

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