Archive for Friday, May 4, 2012

40 years ago: Rare pet leads owner, city workers on lengthy bird-hunt

May 4, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 4, 1972:

A man's pet bird was the cause of a 31-hour hunt around the city of Lawrence this week. Pepe, a scarlet macaw belonging to Bob Miller, 628 W. 12th, had slipped out of his owner's shop and had flown around the Oread neighborhood for a while before traveling off to explore the central and eastern parts of town. The bird, about three feet long from head to tail-tip and with an impressive wingspan, attracted the attention of many city residents but had continued to elude capture, flying from the 1000 block of Pennsylvania to the 900 block of Ohio. Even the city workers attempted to help, bringing in one of the hydraulic-lift trucks from the parks department. ("We've had to get cats before but this parrot tops it," commented a parks employee.) Eventually Miller was able to coax his pet down from the roof of a garage. "I think he was on his way back," said Miller. "It was quite cold that night and he was getting hungry." It was also possible that Pepe, having found no other macaws in Lawrence, was simply wanting companionship: "He loves people," said Miller.


rockero620 6 years, 1 month ago

aw i love these old timey news stories :)

Sarah St. John 6 years, 1 month ago

Okay, you can call the 100 Years Ago stories old-timey, but not the 40 or the 25 because those are within my lifetime. ;-)

(Just kidding rockero620 ... thanks for reading!!)

JackMcKee 6 years, 1 month ago

I hope the bird had at least 10 sq ft to run around in otherwise it would be inhumane!

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