Chari Davis, the "Irmo Bird Whisperer," takes in unwanted and orphaned parrots. / WLTX
Chari Davis was once in the corporate world of trade shows, but she gave it all up for the birds.
"I fell in love with a bird in 2001, and ever since then I have developed this passion," Davis said.
Davis moved to South Carolina from California, driving cross-country with her 14 birds, among other animals.
"We slept at truck stops, and I want to tell you something, it was the time of my life," Davis said.
At ParrotPhernalia, she sells healthy food for parrots, as well as providing grooming and boarding.
She also takes in unwanted and orphaned birds to give them a second chance.
The compassion she shows for the birds has earned her the nickname the "Irmo Bird Whisperer."
"I think birds understand more than people give them credit for," she says.
She wishes she could talk to people who are interested in buying parrots before they make their purchase. The colorful animals aren't for everyone, she says.
"When people go out and buy a bird and they don't know what they have gotten themselves into and they come to me, I try to help them as much as I can and educate them as much as I can," Davis says.
If educating the pet parent fails, Davis says she believes there is only one option.
"If it is too much for them, I can take the bird off their hands and re-home it for them because the animal will end up neglected, abused, turned loose," she says. "It's just not fair."
Thanks to Davis, exotic birds that probably wouldn't have made it are instead being adopted into caring homes.
"I love it, I wouldn't have it any other way," she says, "Call me crazy. How many people do you know who have this many birds? How many people do you know that would rather feed their birds than themselves?"
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