Birdman of Berlin hosted 1,700 budgies

18th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

The man says he adopted two birds out of loneliness and nature did the rest.

Berlin -- Berlin city officials, summoned by complaints over the noise, found a 60-year-old man sharing his two-room flat with 1,700 budgerigars.

The budgies were living on perches installed along the walls, while the floors were saturated with droppings, veterinary services said here Wednesday.

The pensioner told officials he had adopted two birds because he felt lonely and that nature had done the rest.

About 1,000 of the birds were evacuated on Tuesday, 300 on Wednesday, while the remainder were to be taken from the flat to a rescue shelter over the next few days, officials said.

The tenant was also forced to move as the flat was deemed no longer fit for human habitation.

William Ickes/AFP/Expatica

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