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Almost lost my girl...scariest day ever.

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.
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Wow. I can feel how scared you were. I am so glad you got her back.

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I can relate to you and how you felt as my 14 yr. old CAG went for a fly about and enjoyed her excursion immensely while I was not so quietly losing my mind as I was calling for her to come down from the tree that she had settled in. I live about 6 miles out from the nearest town, with no one that I could call on for assistance. I can just imagine what the scene looked like with me hollering for my bird to come down while waving a rifle about. The rifle was to protect her from any of the many hawks in the area in case they should decide that my baby was dinner. All ended well and she is homesafely. That was about 6 weeks ago.
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Very scary! I'm glad you got her back!

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Wow, that would be so scary! It's weird, because I swear I saw this on Facebook yesterday. I can't remember who is was through though.



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You could have seen it...I made a public post on NW Bird Rescue's FB page at their request. Maybe someone you're friends with "liked" it?

And, thank you everyone! It's such a great feeling to have her back safe and sound.
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Oh my gosh. That was SO scary! I'm glad you got her back.
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Oh wow, I'm so sorry you had to go through that! It was Facebook that helped me get my Alexandrine parakeet back. It's awful to have to deal with it though and you certainly can't rest

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I lived your panic through your post, and I'm so glad you got her back. She's a beautiful bird and I bet she's happy to be home!

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Aether drifter, you and Brian are good bird parents.
Your cockatoo stayed on the roof when Brian climbed uo, she didn't fly away, she wanted to come home with you.
We all are only humans. I also made mistakes for example forgetting one of the 4 cage doors was still open when I opened the window.
But my linnies didn't try to escape. The catering at home is too good!
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Thanks, everyone! Yes, she was very happy to be home that day. She was super snuggly and affectionate for hours afterwards, and was doing her happy chattering and head-bobbing.

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Aether drifter, you and Brian are good bird parents.
Your cockatoo stayed on the roof when Brian climbed uo, she didn't fly away, she wanted to come home with you.
We all are only humans. I also made mistakes for example forgetting one of the 4 cage doors was still open when I opened the window.
But my linnies didn't try to escape. The catering at home is too good!
Thank you. Yeah, she did want to come to us...she just couldn't figure out how to fly down from the roof. The angle was too steep and we were too far down. I honestly don't think she would have flown away on purpose...she is very clingy and if she had her way, she'd be on or with her humans constantly. Something just spooked her and she flew off when I walked outside with her. I'm just so glad everything ended well after my stupid mistake! Needless to say I am beyond relieved and happy to have her home.
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