Bird is the word. Biggy Pop, the feathered bestie and avian son of The Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop, is the founding Patron of Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital.
“I’m a bird, and a real wild one, and I have many cockatoo cousins in Australia,” squawked Biggy, from his home near Miami, Florida, USA.
“I was so distressed to hear that 180 million birds died in the catastrophic bushfire crisis that killed over 3 billion native animals in Australia.”
“Being Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital’s founding Patron means I can connect with and support my friends and relatives in the magical land of Oz.”
“About 12 years ago, a roadside vendor in a remote part of Florida stuffed Biggy, who was very young, into a tiny cafe alongside some chickens, by the side of the road,” said Biggy’s dad Iggy Pop. “He seemed be in peril of a bad future. So we decided to take care of him, responsibly. And we have. He gets, and gives a lot of love.”
Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital Founder and CEO, Dr Stephen Van Mil: “When we heard that Iggy cares as much about wildlife as we do, it made perfect sense for Biggy Pop to be our founding Patron. We are over the moon and truly honoured that he’s the bird to help us spread the word. Together, with Biggy, we’re doing this #forthewildlife.”
If you’d like to support Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital’s mission to prevent and treat the suffering of Australia’s precious wildlife, you can donate, subscribe to our mailing list or follow us on Facebook and Instagram. If you’re a human or native animal that can support our cause, contact us.
Image courtesy Nina Alu