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Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 07/21/2011

Heidi Fleiss to star in Animal Planet reality special ‘Prostitutes to Parrots’

Heidi Fleiss (Sheila Nevins - ASSOCIATED PRESS)
So, what career options are there for a former prostitute to the stars, once she’s done three years in jail, self-published a memoir and gotten nowhere with that, tried to open a stud farm in Nevada that went kablooey, opened a Laundromat cutely called Dirty Laundry that did not turn into the chain, as hoped, flirted with the idea of opening a wind farm, and done her second 15 minutes co-starring with a nasty meth habit and Dr. Drew in “Celebrity Rehab”?

Well, there’s always pimping parrots to Animal Planet!

The Silver Spring-based cable network announced Thursday it would debut the one-hour special – read: backdoor pilot -- “Heidi Fleiss: Prostitutes to Parrots,” on July 31. The special “ follows Fleiss as she struggles to care for the news loves in her life -- more than 20 exotic macaw parrots.”

And by “new” they mean going back at least as far as 2007. That’s when the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote a front-page story about The Hollywood Madam and her then 25 parrots, some of which, the article said, she got the year before from a woman who lived next door who had kept hundreds of exotic birds in a tiny trailer, after the woman’s death. In that article, Fleiss said her parrots were mostly macaws – macaws being, “the pimpin’ birds,” she explained.

Which brings us back to Animal Planet’s “Prostitutes to Parrots” in which, the network says, Fleiss will “]look] to get her life back on track,” balancing “her need to tend to the birds at home with the necessity of leaving them to earn a living outside of it.”

Among her “multiple businesses and jobs,” Fleiss shuttles from the laundromat to the “doggie day care she is set to open,” Animal Planet says.

“It’s been a crazy way to reinvent myself, but I love these birds and I will be successful,” Fleiss said, tragically.

By  |  01:38 PM ET, 07/21/2011

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