I finally came up with a concrete backstory that in a way pokes fun at Sci-Fi stories in a couple of points, but I still worked to make it sound as professional as possible. 🙂
The Kea creature was a new species genetically engineered for reasons, during a golden age of genetic research. After only a few years, this new species is now flourishing, however humanity on Earth is not. They are now attempting to create escape routes to other colonized planets with the use of portals. Due to the creature sharing the common Kea’s high intellect, it was decided upon by the scientific community to train one such bird for initial testing. However, due to its aforementioned high intellect, the creature was able to utilize its newly acquired portal technology to escape.