Leon the cockatoo: A service animal

Leon the cockatoo sits on Rae Lynn Graham’s shoulder at the Stacy Lent Easter Celebration April 15. Photo by Amy Doeun

Leon the cockatoo sits on Rae Lynn Graham’s shoulder at the Stacy Lent Easter Celebration April 15.
Photo by Amy Doeun

You don’t often see birds on a leash out and about on the town. But Leon the cockatoo, a service animal, is going a lot of places these days.

The most common service animals are still dogs. But gradually more and more animals are getting into the act helping their human friends and family.

Rae Lynn Graham has been rescuing birds for years. Leon is 40 years old and one of Graham’s rescues.

Over the years, Graham noticed some surprising behavior out of Leon. Graham’s niece has epilepsy, and sometimes Leon suddenly would become agitated when he was around her.

Shortly after that, her niece would have a seizure. Over time, Graham began to realize that Leon was actually giving an early warning of the seizures.

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