A White-cheeked Turaco called Bob, who lived wild in Aldersbrook for over a decade, died earlier this month.
The distinctive bird fell ill in October and was found in a garden unable to fly.
“When I found Bob, he was wheezing badly, so I took him to South Essex Wildlife Hospital, where he was cared for until his death on 4 December,” said Sarah Venis, whose crowdfunding efforts have raised over £1,500 for the hospital.
A post-mortem revealed Bob’s liver and gall bladder were diseased, and it is likely he had a chronic condition that had been worsening for some time.
“I have thanked the hospital for all the care Bob received. We are all so sad and will miss his lively personality and enduring (unrequited) love for chickens! Thank you to everyone who has donated. I will leave the fundraiser up for anyone who wants to donate to the hospital in memory of Bob.”