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1/28/2014 10:45:00 AM
Letter: bird saved by team of Williams residents

To the editor:

I want to thank the people of Williams for all their help and support. Without them a very special bird would not have survived.

On Jan. 7, Ishi, an 8-year-old African Grey parrot, flew off my shoulder, spooked by a passing garbage truck. Despite his clipped wings, he caught a draft of wind and landed on the roof of an empty house two streets down. My neighbor Philippe generously allowed me to borrow his ladder to get Ishi down from the roof. The roof was icy and I was unsuccessful. The bird flew off in an unknown direction. He was just gone.

For two and one half days I walked the streets of the south side of town, watching, listening for Ishi's distinctive bird language. I never heard him.

After two cold nights, I was trying to accept the fact that my little buddy had probably frozen to death (or had been eaten by a hawk), when the phone rang. It was dispatch. A bird had been found.

A friend helped me find the people's house, which was on the other side of town, to my surprise. Ishi had been found in their front yard on the ground, jabbering to their cat! The man of the house told me he had shared an orange with the bird, and then captured him by covering him with a hat. Then they called dispatch, realizing this was no wild bird, but somebody's companion.

I thank Chris and David Mills, the kind people who found Ishi in their yard; Animal Control Officer Leah Payne, who drove all over town searching for Ishi; Dispatcher Heidi Howard; Philippe, my neighbor; and all the people who offered to keep an eye and ear out for Ishi even though they didn't know him or me. I thank my friends Leighann, Lonnie and Todd for their help and moral support as well.

Christine Manes

Williams, Ariz.

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