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Lonely Museum Mascot Moving to Ontario
Bill Martin
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Lonely Museum Mascot Moving to Ontario

Nova Scotia is losing a long-time resident due to loneliness. Merlin the macaw, a resident mascot at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, is moving to Ontario.

Since the pandemic, Merlin has been displaying signs of depression and stress due to changes in routine and lack of visitor interaction. 

Macaws are intelligent and curious birds that like to keep busy, explore, and are very social with mates and family groups.

The director of Nova Scotia Museums says, “We are sad to see Merlin leave, but after exploring several options and consulting the veterinarian, it was determined that rehoming is best for improving Merlin’s health and well-being.” Laura Bennett added, “We are excited that Merlin will become part of a family of macaws at Safari Niagara, spending each day in a lush, secure, and stimulating environment.”

Dr. Kim Peacock of St. Margaret’s Bay Animal Hospital said, “As Merlin’s veterinarian, I have been working with museum staff to monitor Merlin’s health. Rehoming Merlin to Safari Niagara will provide Merlin with a more socially stimulating environment with other macaws and bird species.” She noted, “As an intelligent, social, and curious animal, the move will benefit Merlin.”

Merlin is a hybrid rainbow macaw. He was hatched in captivity in 2002 and arrived at the museum in 2006. Macaws live an average lifespan of 85 years. Merlin will be 22 this year.

Safari Niagara is certified with Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums and a member of the Zoological Association of America.

The colourful mascot will travel with Safari Niagara staff on April 15th to his new home in Fort Erie, ON.

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