“We’ve never gotten such a request, and were happy to be able to take part in something that brings people together,” Sherwood said. “We were pained to hear about the parrot’s condition, and didn’t see a reason to put him down if we could supply him with the medical care he needs, despite it being unavailable in Gaza."The NGO coordinated with the Israeli authorities to set up a clinic in which they could operate on Koki at the Erez border crossing, seeing as neither side could cross the border. The NGO provided all the permits and Sharaf brought Koki to the checkpoint.Koki underwent surgery performed by Dr. Shlomit Levy, who is the only Israeli veterinarian who is dedicated solely to the care of birds and parrots. The surgery went well, and Koki is already recovering back at home.