Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Bird is the Word.

CRAZY story….

Since it’s Tuesday, I’m working out of a different office today. As I pull into my parking space this morning, I see what looks like a little, green parakeet scurry under the car across from me. I’m all like: “Did I just see a parakeet run under that car???”

I got out of my car and got a closer look and sure enough, I wasn’t seeing things.

For those of you who aren’t aware, up until about 2 years ago, Jim and I had two parakeets (Junior and Buddy) who I loved to pieces. That being said, there was NO way I was going to just walk away and leave the poor little thing to die. It was obviously someone’s pet (there are no wild parakeets in the Boston area) and I’m surprised that it made it through the night. Of course, it may have escaped this morning, but who knows?

Anyway…after a couple of failed attempts, I managed to capture the little guy and then realized that I had him....but had nowhere to put him. Awesome.

As I walked over to my car, he flew out of my hands and landed on a car a few cars down from mine. Some woman who had just parked her car was walking toward the building and said “Ummmm….was that your bird???”
I explained the situation and she just smiled and looked at me like I was a lunatic.
Please...like it’s weird to see a grown man standing in your company's parking lot holding a parakeet at 8:15 in the morning….yeesh.

Once she was gone, I managed to locate the bird again and as I stood there looking down at him, a man approached me and asked me if everything was OK. I explained the situation to him and he helped me to capture it again. As it turns out, he has a cat, a dog, and two parakeets of his own, so he was more than happy to take part in the rescue.

Once I got my hands on him, (the parakeet, not the man) the man suggested that we go inside and find something to put the bird in.

I’m only at this location once a week, so I know NO ONE here. We got inside and the man explained everything to the security guard (a friend of his) and thankfully the security guard had a little plastic container with a lid that was PERFECT temporary home for the bird.
Even better….she had recently bought a parakeet of her own and said she’d be more than happy to take him home.
Hooray for happy endings!!!

I’m still planning on checking Craigslist when I get home, just in case someone posts an ad for a missing bird. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could reunite the owners with their bird? I can’t imagine anyone would be too optimistic about finding it, especially since it was SO cold out last night and parakeets get cold really easily.

I’ll definitely keep you posted if anything comes of it.

So – that’s my good deed/exciting news for the day.

In other non bird-related news, we lot our game last night….but we played a great game and had fun, in spite of the sub-zero weather.

Enjoy your day!!


Julie said...

You are my hero!

RG said...

Substitute "leather daddy" for "parakeet" and you have MY Tuesday.