Shower time for Charlie

Charlie the blue and gold macaw loves her showers almost as much as her radio.

Presenter Becky Iwahashi made sure Charlie was kept cool in the rising heat by giving her a cold-water spray.

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Becky said: “Charlie loves having a shower and will bob up and down, squawk in delight and spread out her wings for us to spray her.

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“We regularly bathe her as it encourages her to groom herself, but when it is very hot outside like it is this week then we will do it as often as we can to cool her down.”

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Charlie is one of the most popular residents in the Discovery Centre where she resides while listening to her radio each day.

The 23 year-old macaw was reared as a pet, but arrived at DZG in 1996 where she has regularly been seen by thousands of visitors each year.