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Bird who ripped out feathers now dresses up in sweaters

LECOMPTON, KANSAS — A parrot at the Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary in Kansas is garnering attention for her new-found fashion sense. Javi the parrot, who arrived at the sanctuary last September, suffers from anxiety. Her condition led to over preening, in which birds pluck out their feathers, leaving the bird almost completely featherless. When she arrived at the sanctuary, animal care staffers posted her photo on Facebook and said that Javi smelled like "stale cigarette butts and rotted garbage." The sanctuary outfitted the parrot in sweaters by Sock Buddy, a Canadian company that turns ordinary socks into bird-sized clothes to help regulate body temperatures and prevent poor feather growth and weight loss in over-preened birds. Javi, formerly known as "Hobby," was renamed by the sanctuary. "No living being should be someone's hobby," the staff wrote on the Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary's Facebook account. Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary rehabilitates more than 30 parrots of all sizes, as well as other animals including pigs, geese, dogs, tortoises and more. Javi is said to be recovering well.----------------------------------------­­---------------------Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off.Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: http://us.tomonews.netCheck out our Android app: http://bit.ly/1rddhCjCheck out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1fGet top stories delivered to your inbox everyday: http://bit.ly/tomo-newsletterStay connected with us here:Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUSTwitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUSGoogle+ http://plus.google.com/+TomoNewsUS/Instagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus

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