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'Birds Befriended'

LCMHF inmates learn life's lessons

Photo by Jim Misunas Great Bend Tribune The Macaw “Rudy” flaps its wings when handler Steven Gallegos says, “Exercise.”

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By Jim Misunas

LARNED — The give-and-take between Daniel Ray and “Paco,” was striking.
Paco, an Amazon bird, kept in close quarters with Ray, who encouraged the playful attention with soft-spoken words.
Four inmates entrusted with around-the-clock care of the exotic birds all say their aggressive and angry personalities have been transformed into trust and cooperation — thanks to the birds.
Ray said Paco has helped changed him because he used to be hateful.
Roger Davison has learned patience and responsibility.
Steven Gallegos is calmer and has put his anger issues in the past.
Terry Ross has learned to ...

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