March 11, 1998 |
She's strutting around her cage. She's throwing food. And finally, four weeks after smoke muted her parrot voice, Rupert the heroine is babbling again. "Come here, bad boy," she squawked from an exam room at her vet's South Jersey office yesterday, after Dr. Michael Weiss announced he would send the fiesty bird home on Friday. For Weiss, Rupert's babbling is the perfect finale to one of his most challenging cases. For Rupert's owner, Lynn Norley, the familiar words were music to the ears.
October 4, 1991 |
Fritz Carr Jr., 10, was almost in tears after placing Sylvana on his right arm and kissing his blue-and-gold parrot on the beak before an array of reporters and photographers who came to Sesame Place to see the two reunited. Sylvana, a 4-year-old female South American macaw, flew three miles away from her young owner last weekend, to a place famous for Big Bird, when the two were out taking an evening walk near Fritz's Levittown home. Sesame Place, ironically, puts on an exotic parrot revue, featuring macaws.
September 19, 1996 |
Lucky for the thief, JoJo can't talk yet. Someone nabbed JoJo, a $900 green, orange and yellow Senegal parrot of undetermined gender, on Tuesday evening from the Pet Company in Moorestown Mall. About 8 p.m., assistant manager Tuwanga White and her two co-workers ducked into the back room for a few minutes for an emergency with one of their kittens. "We came up front, and the girl I was with said, 'Where's JoJo?' " White said. The three workers looked around and found not so much as a feather.
July 25, 2009 |
Area officials are on the lookout for an institutional escapee, and the miscreant is hard to miss. Bright yellow head. Emerald-green rear. A splotch of orange around both eyes. The culprit is a zoo parrot called a sun conure. And while parrots are renowned for their intelligence, it's difficult to know whether this one got lost, as suspected, or shrewdly took advantage of a free-flight performance to head for the great beyond. The parrot disappeared from the Philadelphia Zoo on Wednesday.
January 6, 2008 |
Editor's note: Because of a production error, last Sunday's cover story was not published entirely. This is the complete story. Ever thought about what it would be like to have a pet as a confidant? Nancy Brewster Grace takes the idea and runs with it as the literary device in her new book, Letitia. Grace, 97, uses a parrot named Lettie to tell the story of her life as a Philadelphia and Main Line-area divorcee. The memoir-novel, written in spurts over 30 years, is being self-published, even as its author remains bedridden at a Haverford retirement facility, unable to get out and enjoy her success.
July 22, 2003 |
It turns out Gloria - the person a lost African grey parrot was trying to tell handlers about at an Abington animal shelter - isn't Gloria after all. She is Laurie, the daughter of the parrot's owners, John and Larrice Campbell of Cheltenham. And the bird, a 6-year-old male named Fire, is back home on Waltham Road. The Campbells picked him up yesterday after submitting photos and medical records that proved they are the owners. "We're very happy," said Kim Bonanni, humane educator for the Montgomery County SPCA.
August 12, 2009 |
Tex the parrot may have instigated his own birdnapping. "If you knock at the door, he'll say, 'Come in,' which isn't so good," his owner, Jackie Miller of Northeast Philadelphia, said yesterday as she and her family frantically searched for Tex, a 24-year-old bluefront Amazon parrot that apparently was stolen from her house while the Millers were at the Shore. The whole family is "devastated," but Tex and her son, Jake, 13, are particularly tight, Miller said in between posting fliers and checking out tips on the bird's whereabouts.
January 24, 1995 |
The chances that a baby Senegal parrot stolen Sunday from a Chester Pike pet store is still alive are slim, says a Souderton bird expert. The 6-week-old female parrot, which was taking three feedings of formula a day by hand, will most likely dehydrate within 24 hours without them, Debbie Bolander said. "It's very doubtful the bird would survive. . . . Babies dehydrate and die very quickly," Bolander said. The parrot, an African breed that would have been priced about $600, was stolen from Captain's Exotic Pets by a couple who had been asking about it, store owner Ralph Ardary said.
March 5, 1998 |
Her wheeze had subsided. She was chirping happily from her cage. With so much to live for - a new Internet site, a contest to rename her, a slew of interviews with tabloid television - it seemed Rupert the gray African parrot was headed for stardom and recovery. But yesterday, the heroine bird took a turn for the worse. Her vet said she may have only two days to live. Rupert spent yesterday undergoing a barrage of tests and struggling to breathe. Once, she slipped into respiratory distress and appeared near death.
December 4, 1992 |
When I was a kid, nobody knew about cholesterol. The only nutritional rule I ever paid attention to was never go drinking on an empty stomach, and the reason I paid attention to that was that I'd seen some of the guys who always went drinking on an empty stomach - their stomachs were distended and their skin hung on their arms - and I didn't want to look like they did. Beyond that, everything was all right. As far as I knew, eggs were good for you, steak was good for you, anything connected to steak was good for you - fat, greasy potatoes, salt, beer.