This is hard for me to post, because I have to relive what an IDIOT I am, but I feel like I should share the story just to show...it can happen to any of us. I thought I would never be one of those people that this happened to, but I was. This morning I walked out the door, completely forgetting
that my cockatoo was on my shoulder. My mind was preoccupied with thoughts of getting to work on time, and I had not yet had my coffee. In other words, total brain fart. Mind you, I am NOT excusing myself, just saying...it happened. I'm all too human.
Next thing I know, the bird I forgot about, my baby, is 100 feet away up on a power line. And then I lost sight of her.
I'm sure you can all imagine the helplessness and despair I felt at the time. There are many tall trees in my area, my car is currently broken down and I do not have many friends in the area (nobody was available to help me look, except by boyfriend). Thinking for sure I would never see her again, and have to resign myself to a lifetime of self-loathing, I dragged myself out to have some fliers printed and picked up two pairs of binoculars.
As I was waiting for the bus home, I got a call from Brian saying that he had spotted her up on the roof of a building in our apartment complex. I rushed home and we camped out under the building, never taking our eyes off of her, talking to her reassuringly so she wouldn't fly off. The little brat was actually having a grand old time chewing on the shingles and the leaves of an overhanging tree.
A few hours earlier, I had contacted Christopher Driggins, who runs Northwest Bird Rescue
-- and a few people shared his post on Facebook. Well, eventually, the post generated help. Someone a few miles away from me saw it, and just happened to have a ladder. She came straight over, and Brian climbed up to the roof and got Flower down.
I cannot believe how lucky we were; my stupidity could have cost my baby her life. Just wanted to share this story as a cautionary tale. Do not EVER let yourself get too comfortable when your bird is out, or you might end up in the same situation. And it's not something I would wish on ANY parront.
My cheeky little baby a few minutes after coming home.