AURORA, Ill. (CBS/AP) — A small, one-legged parakeet that was one of hundreds of birds found inside a feces-filled Aurora home is inspiring a children’s book that an author hopes will help raise money for a zoo.
Nicknamed “Nubs,” the multi-colored parakeet was one of nearly 500 birds found living in a home last October. About 150 birds were dead.READ MORE: 2 Mass Shootings Reported At The Same Time In Chicago Hours After President Biden Announces Plan To Address City's Violence
Kristen Ludwig was one of the volunteers who took in the birds. The Grayslake biochemist nursed the parakeet back to health.
Now she’s using the diminutive critter who she calls “a handi-capable budgie” to educate others, forming the nonprofit group No Unwanted BirdS, also known as NUBS (check out the group’s Facebook page here).READ MORE: Police Searching For Four Suspects After Man Carjacked In River North
“Think of us as Sesame Street for bird owners,” Ludwig says. “We educate without pointing out that we are educating, and add in loads of fun.”
A children’s book about Nubs is raising money for the Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City, Ind., where 368 of the former Aurora birds now live.MORE NEWS: Cook County Nurses Set To Strike Thursday Over Staffing Issues
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