Wild parrots of Telegraph Hill

by Walter Olson on February 15, 2007

A beloved San Francisco tourist attraction, the birds roost in two ancient WildParrots.jpg cypress trees whose owner says he can no longer afford the liability risk should they topple or shed branches on spectators. The city is stepping in to spare the axe by taking responsibility for the chance of injury. (Charlie Goodyear, “Preserving perches for wild parrots”, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 14; “Buzz saws threaten home of Telegraph Hill parrots”, CBC, Nov. 3, 2005). A 2004 film about the parrots is available here on DVD.

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1 Deoxy 02.15.07 at 10:29 am

“The city is stepping in to spare the axe by taking responsibility for the chance of injury.”

And anyone believes that will stand up in court?

Well, maybe if the ownr is so broke that he’s not worth going after…

2 cowpill 02.15.07 at 10:43 am

Remember deeper pockets…..

3 Colin P. Varga 02.15.07 at 12:55 pm

Has anyone from City Hall interviewed the parrots to see how they feel?

4 J.T. Wenting 02.18.07 at 1:51 am

has anyone interviewed the trees to see how they feel?
This is wacky San Francisco after all ;)

Maybe if Americans (mainly, there are some elsewhere but nowhere near the density of the US) would come to their senses and not be so sue-happy this kind of idiocy wouldn’t happen in the first place.

There are thousand year old trees in the center of cities here, noone dreams of cutting them down because an acorn might fall out and give someone else a headache.

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