DEBBIE the cockatoo is hunkering down to spend a second night with her rescuer as road closures and telecommunication issues hamper efforts to get the bird to a wildlife carer.

Townsville Bulletin photographer Alix Sweeney who rescued the cockatoo yesterday after photographing it looking battered and broken among cyclone debris, said the bird had become a lot more lively.

 

Battered and broken, a cockatoo, stripped of feathers stands among the snapped branches in Airlie Beach during Cyclone Debbie.
Battered and broken, a cockatoo, stripped of feathers stands among the snapped branches in Airlie Beach during Cyclone Debbie. Alix Sweeney, News Corp Australia

Debbie has been happily munching on crackers and pumpkin seeds as the friendly cocky waits for help to arrive.

Ms Sweeney said Debbie appeared quite tame but unfortunately wasn't toilet trained and had been making a mess in her motel room.

"Hopefully someone can come get her tomorrow," she said.

"I've been on the phone to the RSPCA and they have been great with offering advice on how to look after Debbie."

"Debbie" the Airlie Beach cyclone cockatoo pictured in Ando's motel room the morning after. Townsville Bulletin

The rescue story captured international media attention with Ms Sweeney fielding numerous calls about radio interviews and television appearances.

The story was shared thousands of times through the Bulletin's Facebook page and event caught the attention of celebrity vet Dr Chris Brown.

News Corp Australia


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