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Iggy Pop’s cockatoo Biggy Pop becomes founding patron of Australian wildlife hospital

By | Published on Tuesday 25 August 2020

Biggy Pop

Celebrity cockatoo Biggy Pop – best known, of course, for being the owner of musician Iggy Pop – has announced that he has become the founding patron of the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital in Australia.

In a statement, Biggy says: “I’m a bird, and a real wild one, and I have many cockatoo cousins in Australia. I was so distressed to hear that 180 million birds died in the catastrophic bushfire crisis that killed over three billion native animals in Australia. Being Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital’s founding Patron means I can connect with and support my friends and relatives in the magical land of Oz”.

Explaining how he came to share a home with Biggy, Iggy says: “About twelve years ago, a roadside vendor in a remote part of Florida stuffed Biggy, who was very young, into a tiny cafe alongside some chickens, by the side of the road. He seemed be in peril of a bad future. So we decided to take care of him, responsibly. And we have. He gets, and gives, a lot of love”.

Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital founder Dr Stephen Van Mil says of the new partnership: “When we heard that Iggy cares as much about wildlife as we do, it made perfect sense for Biggy Pop to be our founding Patron. We are over the moon and truly honoured that he’s the bird to help us spread the word. Together, with Biggy, we’re doing this #forthewildlife”.

Biggy is already using his platform on Instagram, where he has nearly 90,000 followers, to promote the wildlife hospital.