This is a love story between two birds. It is a tragic love story however because both birds both have a fatal disease called Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD). Lemon and Indi are lovebirds that are the best of friends, they care for each other and provide comfort.
PBFD is a fatal, contagious virus that affects a bird’s immune system, much like HIV does to humans.
Indi has the disease but appears healthy. Lemon has lost all of her feathers and needs a bird heater 24 hours a day to keep warm.
Both birds live with Fabiana and Guillermo in West Palm Beach, Florida. Lemon has been with the family since she was five weeks old, at the time, Indi was six months old.
When Lemon turned one, she showed the first signs of illness and has been without her feathers for two years. Indi hasn’t shown any signs, so it is likely he is a healthy carrier of the disease, he may have a stronger immune system and show symptoms later in life.
Whatever the case, the two lovebirds are inseparable. They enjoy each other’s company, but can’t be around any other birds. It is a good thing they have each other then!
According to Avian Biotech.com, PBFD affects all psittacine species including parrots, parakeets, lovebirds, cockatoos, and macaws.
To prevent the disease from spreading all birds with PBFD need to be isolated from other birds, there is no current treatment available.