Heidi Fleiss flies into bird trouble on Animal Planet special


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A new kind of creature is roaming Animal Planet: Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.

In a stroke of programming inspiration -- or perhaps desperation -- the cable network on July 31 will air the one-hour special ‘Heidi Fleiss: Prostitutes to Parrots.’

Parents, prepare an answer for when your curious preschooler asks, ‘Mommy, what’s a prostitute?’


All right, Animal Planet at least has the sense to run the special at 10 p.m., when most of the small fry are presumably in bed.

The release says the program ‘follows Fleiss as she struggles to care for the new loves in her life -- more than 20 macaw parrots.’ Given her experience running both male and female bordellos of the human variety, one hopes that Fleiss’ natural instincts don’t take over this time around.

‘With her home covered in bird poop and monthly bills for the birds soaring into the thousands, the former madam must balance her need to tend to the birds at home with the necessity of leaving them to earn a living outside of it,’ the release adds.

In fact, this is not Fleiss’ first problematic run-in with birds. In 2008, she was accused of leaving a rental house in Nevada trashed by her pet macaws.

Hey, we just write about television. We don’t make the programming decisions.


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