Chicago recently lost a long-time member of its community, and many around the world are sharing their memories online with the Chicago Zoological Society. Its Brookfield Zoo, in Cook County, announced that its beloved and longest living and original member, Cookie, a pink cockatoo, died at the ripe old age of 83.
Cookie moved to the Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo in 1934 from the Taronga Zoo in Australia. He was only 1 year old at the time, but he spent another 82 years of his life in the Windy City, and in the meantime, became famous worldwide. He often received cards, letters, toys and pictures from people who loved him from all corners of the globe.
In 2014 the Guinness Book of World Records certified Cookie as the world’s oldest living parrot.
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The zoo announced that people can donate in his memory to its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare (CSACW), which will directly contribute to the care, feeding, and well-being of the zoo’s entire bird collection.