Toledo resident Gina Baird several days ago sent News Lincoln County a picture of her lost little “Kiwi,” a Brazilian parakeet missing from her Toledo home. The Green Cheek Conure was playing outside his cage in the bedroom of Gina’s daughter. The daughter had left her window cracked a little too wide apparently – just enough for Kiwi to squeeze through and take off flying into the woods.
Understandably, Gina and her family were worried sick about Kiwi – and who wouldn’t be – for a little brightly colored tropical bird that would stick out brightly against a solid green coastal forest background. Easy pickin’s for any number of large predatory birds or tree climbing mammals.
For three days Gina’s husband and their daughter combed the woods around their home looking for Kiwi. They wandered far and wide repeatedly calling out his name – but to no avail. No Kiwi. They feared the worst.
Then today they continued their search, the daughter calling out Kiwi’s name again and again. Suddenly Kiwi answered!! There, on a lofty limb, high above them, Kiwi was bobbing his head and talking to them. Brazilian parakeets are great talkers. The daughter called out to Kiwi to come down – and he did, fluttering down right onto her shoulder.
Happy family. Happy Kiwi who is now back inside his safe Toledo home after beating the odds in the wild. You can bet from now on that Gina’s family will be more careful about how wide they crack their windows!