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Lost parrot lands in nursery and returns to owner through classifieds

By John Daley | Posted - Oct. 20, 2011 at 6:45 p.m.


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WEST JORDAN -- Wednesday was an interesting day at the Glover Nursery. An unexpected visitor popped in, or rather, swooped in, landing on their number 12 table marker.

"At first they thought it was a big pigeon," said Donna Emery, manager of the Glover Nursery. "Then they saw it had red tail feathers. We have a couple of real bird lovers here and they immediately knew it was an African Grey Parrot."

The immediate question that came to mind: just who did it belong to? Back in the day, it might never have made it back home. But that was before the internet.

"Apparently one of our customers had been here and saw what happened and did a little research on the Internet, and apparently somebody had posted a lost bird notice on ksl.com," said Emery. "Customer called that person and that person called the nursery."


We don't usually see exotic birds in the nursery. Birds love this place there's plenty to eat plenty to drink.

–Donna Emery


Traci Afana, who raises rare birds and knew the owner of the parrot, was the one to place the ad.

"The lady who bought him from us had to go out-of-town on a business thing the day he flew away," Afana said. "So she called me and she was worried sick about him. And she asked me could I put an ad on ksl, can I put some flyers up, can I do some things to try to help find Dusty because she's very worried."

Dusty could actually be called "Lucky," being found perhaps a mile from home.

"Yeah, he went pretty good. He went pretty far," Afana said.

"We don't usually see exotic birds in the nursery. Birds love this place --there's plenty to eat plenty to drink. But usually not parrots," Emery said.

The owner said they were very happy Dusty was located and looking forward to reuniting upon their return. According to ksl.com, plenty of ads get posted for lost pets. And sometimes, just like in this case, it leads to a happy reunion.

Email:jdaley@ksl.com.

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