Florida Man gets Landlocked with Hundreds of Parrots

TAMPA, Fla. – People have been seeing more of their animals since the coronavirus tethered them to their homes. Dogs bark through Zoom meetings. Cats are our “coworkers.”

Majid “Magic” Esmaeili has a few hundred squawking parrots for company. His only company.

His email to the Tampa Bay Times recently arrived with the subject line “SOS.”

“My name is Majid Esmaeili (AKA) Magic and I am prisoner in my own property with over 200 parrots. No way to get in or out.”

Since early March, the Tampa man has been “trapped,” he said, due to a court order in a property dispute that has landlocked him on his five-acre Zaksee Florida Bird Sanctuary in Tampa. It is surrounded on all sides by other people’s property.

He has been flying solo, caring for Rocco, Ollie, namesake Zaksee and all the other macaws, African greys, conures and lovebirds spread between one large aviary and about 50 individual enclosures. Before the coronavirus, and the court order, Esmaeili, 58, said he had dozens of volunteers to help.

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TAMPA, Fla. – People have been seeing more of their animals since the coronavirus tethered them to their homes. Dogs bark through Zoom meetings. Cats are our “coworkers.” Majid “Magic” Esmaeili has a few hundred squawking parrots for company. His only company. His email to the Tampa Bay Times recently arrived with the subject line…

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