World Parrot Refuge in Coombs is closed

A parrot during a recent visit to the World Parrot Refuge. - NEWS FILE PHOTO

A parrot during a recent visit to the World Parrot Refuge.

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Eleven years to the week after the The World Parrot Refuge opened in Coombs it closed its doors Friday, maybe for the last time.

Run by the non-profit For The Love of Birds Society, the facility took in parrots from all over North America, surpassing 800 at its peak. It had financial difficulties and has really struggled with the $500,000 annual cost of food, upkeep and medical costs since founder Wendy Huntbatch died from cancer in February.