Lemon and Indi, two lovebirds, have Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD), which is a contagious, fatal virus disease that affects the beak, feathers, and immune system of birds. It has been referred to as the avian version of HIV.
But fittingly enough, the two lovebirds are actually love birds! They absolutely adore each other and are the best of friends. They take care of each other and enjoy cuddling and playing with each other. Indi even feeds Lemon!
While Indi has the disease without any visible signs of it, Lemon is without all of her feathers. Because of this, she gets cold often, so she has a bird heater on 24 hours a day. She always sleeps near it at night and sometimes when she wants to take a nap during the day.
They reside in West Palm Beach, Florida, with their humans Fabiana and Guillermo and three human siblings.
When Lemon came home at only five weeks old, Indi was six months old. The two of them have been together ever since.
Lemon got sick when she was nearly a year old and hasn’t had feathers for two years now. Since Indi doesn’t show symptoms, he might just be a healthy carrier because his immune system is stronger, or he may show symptoms later on.
The two of them can continue to be together, but can’t be in contact with any other healthy bird. They’re under supervision of an avian vet and get very well taken care of by their humans. Despite their condition, they are such happy birds!
Click here to follow them on Instagram, and watch them together in the video below:
Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.
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