Meet Sarasota Jungle Gardens' Oldest Performer | Suncoast View

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Frosty Sr., Jungle Garden's 82 year old performing Cockatoo, is retiring.

For over 40 years, Frosty has been performing in Jungle Gardens daily Bird Show, riding his unicycle and his scooter.

Frosty visits Suncoast View with Jordan Miller, an educator at Jungle Gardens and Krista Foster, the Marketing Coordinator.

They say Frosty is retiring now because during his annual check-up, veterinarians noticed a deterioration in Frosty's eyesight. So for his safety, he is now retired from the Gardens' daily Parrot Show.. But there's still a lot of fire left in the old bird. He still loves to dance, and does so whenever the mood strikes him.

Jordan Miller says, "Although Frosty is retiring from performing his high-wire and scooter riding act, the zoo keepers still keep frosty engaged and enlightened with daily aerobics. And yes, Frosty still loves to dance. We encourage this behavior because it keeps him in shape and mobile. We all know how important exercise is as we age and we want to help Frosty keep in the best physical shape possible."

Frosty should write a book. He's had quite a life. Frosty was born/hatched on June 3rd, 1936. He was originally trained by prisoners at the Folsom State Prison in California as part of an Inmate Rehabilitation Program. Frosty appeared on the Ed Sullivan TV Show in the 1960's, where he performed his high-wire unicycle act. Frosty came to Sarasota Jungle Gardens in 1972, and he's been performing here ever since.

Frosty is not leaving Sarasota Jungle Gardens. He can still be visited in the Gardens' open-air exhibit by the Bird Pavilion daily."

Jungle Gardens is throwing Frosty a retirement party October 20th and 21st, from 10 am to 5 pm. Kids can have their pictures made with Frosty, and children's admissions are half off.

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