Pinellas Suncoast Parrot Sanctuary was started by Captain Tut Barrett and his beleivers in what he does. Capt.Tut got out of the Marine Corps ending the Viet Nam Era in 1973. In those days Jimmy Buffett was still new and even Birtie Higgins was from this same home area. Capt.Tut was HONORABLY discharged and was blessed with VA benefits for all Medical Health Issues.
Capt.Tut was just a Parrothead and was born here in Tampa Bay area and even grew up and went to kindergarden on Gulfport Beach, he always insists that he was weaned on salt water and sand. He says that he could even swim before he could walk.
When becoming inactive reserve and coming back home he recieved his VA College Benefits and began college right away, you see, Capt. Tut was at his fathers side for awhile as he died of cancer in the hospital and never would get out. His last wish was, "Tut, you join the Marine Corps, they'll straiten your ass out !" . Back then you used to have to sign up for the draft as soon as your 18th birthday. Tut was only 17 and just graduated high school. He got the recruiter to go to the Hosp with him and a Priest while his father signed his approval with only the power of an X.
On July 4th it was the only day I was not with him because of the Daytona Firecracker 400. That day, he died. On Aug. 3 I left for Parris Island and graduated there while still only 17 and being told I can quit and go home because I was the sole serviving son. I refused to stop and go home when I promised my Dad. Even when my Mom and my Sister came to Parris Island with all the papers and I refused and stayed to complete.
I listened to Jimmy Buffett music and missed being home near the beach. When I finally got out and went to college I strudied business and worked a retail pet franchise store with large capacity. I worked only the Avian Dept.
When I left there I was offered to be Asst.Zoo Director for a local attraction and do the bird shows.
When I left there I went back to college and got another degree and Cert.Vet.Tech. then I worked The Avian Hospt. at every chance I got, even if volunteer as well as the Emergency Clinic.
I continued and grew and reached the Advisory Committee for the College that I started at out of the USMC. I also volunteered to be in anything to do with birds. I ended up co-hosting a radio program out of Seaword and Universal Studios on Pets and I was the Avian Rep.
Later I even recieved my Training for Bird Shows at Disneys Animal Kingdom.
Now, I started the non-profit license so I could try to keep saving so many parrots. See what I mean at wwwl.suncoastparrotsanctuary.org , I still do whatever I can to save all these birds. I really need some help to keep them all fed and healthy. We do whatever for these parrots and they do have along life span. Some as long as a Human Being. Please try to Help Them, Thank You