ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska bird club has begun hosting adoption events for pets whose owner died last month.

KTVA-TV reported Monday that the nonprofit Alaska Bird Club is working with the owner's family to find homes for each of the hundreds of cockatiels the man left behind.

The Anchorage club's vice president says the man's death was unexpected and no arrangements had been made for the birds.

The club says the birds were kept in a special aviary room with branches and nesting boxes and the club will maintain them there while searching for new owners.

The club says it gathered 175 birds for the first adoption event Sunday and two more are planned in the coming weeks for more than 100 cockatiels remaining to be adopted.

Information from: KTVA-TV, http://www.ktva.com

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