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Tuesday, July 17, 2007


A New Jersey woman's husband lost her blue and gold macaw, Sophia, during an outing with their bird in (get this) Overpeck Park, Bergen County. Rosalie O'Hara's was so distraught that she went to the newspapers, offering $5,000 to get the parrot back.

O'Hara soon got a call from police who said a jogger, some 80 miles away, found a blue and gold macaw. O'Hara was thrilled and rushed to collect what she thought was her pet. She then released another story to the press saying that the bird's markings and behavior were unmistakable, and that she definitely had Sophia back.

But Sophia wasn't herself all weekend. Turns out SHE was a HE named Spartacus, another blue and gold parrot lost the same day. Spartacus' owner located his pet from O'Hara's press coverage.

O'Hara, embarrassed that she mistook Spartacus for her pet of 16 years, eventually got her bird back, too, after a neighbor called to say she found Sophia.

Damn, those birds ... they all look alike.

(This is CaCa, a yellow napped macaw, who used to be my bird until ex-hubby got custody).

Full story click here.

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Anonymous Pete said...

Ah then,something about "Two birds in the bush worth one in the hand"...or some adage like that I heard once.
Glad it was a happy ending for birds and bird owners.

Tue Jul 17, 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

Kind of like Belmar mayor Kevin Pringle being mistaken for a woman by a catcalling male and now a possible hearing for disorderly conduct, etc. going forth. Like the mistaken macaw, Pringle's feathers were ruffled, too. I guess male pride encompasses all species...

Tue Jul 17, 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous wing and a prayer said...

puff me up, please!

Tue Jul 17, 06:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Birds of a feather!!!!

Wed Jul 18, 12:41:00 PM  

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