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Escaped parrot back in the coop

Posted August 3, 2009

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— A parrot who flew the coop five weeks ago got reunited with his Cary family Friday, after an alert Clayton resident and animal control officer nabbed him.

The resident called Animal Control after seeing a green parrot flying around the Glen Laurel subdivision. Animal Control Officer Angela Lee found the parrot perched in a tree. She caught the bird in a net and put him in a cage.

The Quaker parrot, who officers later learned is named "Charlie," appeared to be well-fed and healthy. A resident found "unusual scoop-like bites" on vegetables in his garden, Lee said.

"Charlie may have been enjoying a free meal or two," she said.

Lee found a number on a band on Charlie's leg and contacted the Caged Bird Society, which tracked down the breeder. The breeder located the store where Charlie was sold. By process of elimination, the store identified Charlie's owners.

Lee brought Charlie home to his thrilled family Friday.

His owners said he had flown out an open door. He was found 25 to 30 miles from his home, as the bird flies.

"The bird's whereabouts during his 5-week freedom flight can not be determined," according to a release from Clayton Police. "Although Charlie may be able to speak a few words, he seems to have exercised his right to remain silent in this case."

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  • voip Aug 4, 2009

    Awesome! Glad to hear this ended well. Good story.

  • computer trainer Aug 3, 2009

    Emaleth, you are right about wing clipping. I have a Grey and I clip her wings. It is VERY easy.

    This was a feel good story, and the owners were VERY fortunate. In my neighborhood, we have hawks and Owls and I would be concerned if my bird were to go missing.

    Oh, and the scoops on the veggies in the garden could be from Squirrels. I know that we have been fighting them ALL summer!!

  • emaleth Aug 3, 2009

    While it's refreshing to see a happy ending to a story, this particular event stresses the need for bird owners to clip their bird's wings to prevent escapes like this. It doesn't hurt the bird, and in the case of a Quaker, it can really calm them down. (I have a Quaker who is now 17 years old)Most times your vet can do it for free or for a small fee, if you're not comfortable with the procedure.

  • incensed Aug 3, 2009

    Ahhhhh, a little human interest, make that animal interest story to brighten the day. It put a smile on my face this morning, since there is a happy ending to the story. The article says "A resident found unusual scoop-like bites on vegetables in his garden" Too funny!! Thanks WRAL, there is too much gloom and doom to read about all the time. This item on your site was welcome relief for me.

  • Skywatch_NC Aug 3, 2009

    It is nice though to see some light-hearted news.

  • Journey985 Aug 3, 2009

    OK, I usually don't give WRAL a hard time about their news stories, but with all that is going on in the world? THIS made the website? In a hundred years someone will be going through the news archives and see this story and ask "WHAT THE HECK"?