Brent Chadwell feared the worst when he received news that his beloved pet parrot Tiki had flown out of their home in Cape Coral, Florida.
Chadwell, who owned the friendly Solomon Island eclectus parrot for five years, immediately worried that Tiki might fall prey to predators in the wild.
He stated that Tiki had no survival instincts and would approach alligators without realizing the danger. The parrot was known for its cuddly and loving nature and was not equipped to deal with life outside a caring environment.
“I thought, ‘There’s a 50% chance that something eats him. He would just walk right up to an alligator and get eaten. He has no concept of, ‘Oh this thing might try to eat me so I have to get away from it.’ He’s only been cuddled or loved.”
Chadwell didn’t let his fears stop him from searching for Tiki. He tirelessly looked for the bird, informed neighbors, and posted his pictures on local lost pets groups on social media.
After three days of intense searching, Chadwell received a message from someone on Easter Sunday informing him that Tiki had been found. Overwhelmed with joy, Chadwell couldn’t hold back his tears.
“I just immediately started crying because I was so happy.”
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Tiki, the lost parrot, was found in a surprising location – a nearby family’s Easter party. The family heard Tiki saying “peekaboo” repeatedly, which led them to find the beloved bird.
“That’s how he greets people. “That’s definitely Tiki’s way of telling them, ‘Hey. I need help.’”
The man’s luck turned around as his sister, a vet tech from Houston, happened to be visiting. She managed to coax Tiki onto her hand and bring him inside for some much-needed food and water. Chadwell was overjoyed to be reunited.
“I was so happy, I yelled, ‘Peekaboo,’ and he pressed his beak into my face. I just told him how happy I was to find him.”
Although Tiki is doing “great” after his three-day adventure, the incident left him a little rattled.
“The first couple of days, he was a little bitey and squawked a lot. Now he’s back to talking and being his normal gentle self.”
This story is a testament to the power of social media and community efforts to reunite lost pets with their owners. It also highlights the importance of proper care and attention for domesticated animals like Tiki, who lacked survival instincts outside of a caring environment.
Chadwell’s dedication to finding Tiki and Tiki’s chatter ultimately led to their happy reunion.
Chattiness pays off.
Welcome home, Tiki!