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Ex-Mrs. Heidi Fleiss in Macaw Custody Battle

It’s a featherweight battle.

The famous former Mrs. Heidi Fleiss accuses Brandi McClain, a woman who allegedly worked for her, of breaching a custody agreement for four macaws. But McClain says the birds were a gift and have been well cared for.

“I bought four birds and entrusted them to Brandi,” Fleiss told The Post, claiming that McClain gave the birds away without permission. “The instructions were that they should never be confined or exchanged; the agreement is that if there is a problem, the birds come back to me”.

Fleiss acknowledged that the alleged agreement was verbal. But he has hired a lawyer to get custody of the macaws.

The 56-year-old believes that all macaws should be free and fly freely. That’s why he has 40 of them under his care in Pahrump, Nevada, where he lives on 50 acres.

The plight of the birds began last June, when McClain, 51, wrote to his former boss. The mother of four expressed her appreciation for what Fleiss does with her birds and wanted to help.

Impressed by the acres of wooded land surrounding McClain’s home near Memphis, Tennessee, Fleiss said she bought four birds and brought them to McClain.

Heidi Fleiss believes that all macaws should be free and fly freely. That’s why she has 40 of them in her care in Pahrump, Nevada, where she lives on 50 acres.
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“I visited Brandi four times, making sure the macaws were well taken care of,” Fleiss said. “I spent $40,000 [on the birds, a barn for them and travel costs] and hoped that everything would turn out well. I like Brandie.

McClain responded: “Heidi spent $18,000. The birds were given to me. I took [their care] too fast and I didn’t want to cage them.”

Then within six months, according to Fleiss, “I found out she had a bird in a cage by her window; her neighbor told me it was because Brandi thinks the bird likes to look outside; another one was missing, which is ridiculous.” because the birds do not simply disappear; and two others had been handed over to [a man who runs a non-profit animal rescue] in Texas. He gave them to his neighbor.”

Fleiss accuses Brandi McClain (above) of breaching a custody agreement for four macaws.
Fleiss accuses Brandi McClain (above) of breaching a custody agreement for four macaws.

Acknowledging that he gave them to Nick Phomkasornsri, who calls himself thegaysiancowboy on TikTok and has 69,500 followers, McClain said the neighbor is taking good care of the birds.

“They fly all day,” McClain said. “They do ‘night-night’ in the cage. As for the bird that flew away, that’s the risk of them living in the wild.”

McClain claims that he handed over the birds for his own safety. “Temperatures were in the low 30s and the birds were shivering,” he said. “I was terrified that they would freeze to death. The one I stayed with doesn’t fly because they cut off its wings.

Six months after giving the birds to McLain, Fleiss says the birds were not cared for as agreed.
Within six months of delivering the birds to McLain, Fleiss says, the birds were not cared for in the agreed manner.
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Fleiss said he is offering a $3,500 reward, via Craigslist listings in Memphis and Nashville, for the safe return of the missing macaw.

He discovered the whereabouts of two of the birds, he said, “by hiring an Internet detective. In one day, she found the birds. He was heartbreaking. I contacted [Phomkasornsri]. She said that he will not return them. I said that these birds are legally mine and I will get them back. Brandi claims they are her birds.”

Phomkasornsri told The Post that there was no exchange of money when he took care of the birds or gave them up for adoption. “The people who now have the birds own phenomenal birds,” she said. “Brandi provided me with documentation that they are her birds.”

Fleiss wants all three birds back and offers a reward for the bird that got away.
Fleiss wants all three birds back and offers a reward for the bird that got away.
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McClain, who has also hired a lawyer, said: “If she wants the bird I have, I’ll give it back to her.”

Whatever the outcome, Fleiss expresses no desire to give up any of his high flying. “I am so dogmatic in my beliefs. They already have a cage: it’s called heaven,” he said. “Someone giving my macaws away or restricting them is someone begging for a big deal.”

Last year, one of Fleiss’s birds was shot with a pellet gun, prompting her to consider moving her flock to the Ozarks. Instead, she plans to move to a house in Las Vegas, located near a cemetery, which will allow plenty of fresh air for her macaws.

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