If you went to the Sacramento Zoo and heard a bird saying "Hello," "Meow," or "Here, Kitty, Kitty," that was Jasper. The plain-colored Amazon parrot was a character, well-known for his loud vocalizations, chatting away with visitors.
Two years ago, Jasper was diagnosed with a severe heart condition. The zoo says treatments and care Jasper received for his cardiac condition controled many of his symptoms. But a recent exam revealed significant worsening of his cardiac disease and development of liver cancer.
The zoo says Jasper was humanely euthanized Monday afternoon. A full necropsy, or animal autopsy, will be performed at UC Davis.
Plain-colored Amazon parrots are found in the wild in the Amazon rainforests and foothills of South America as well as parts of Central America and Mexico.
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