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Bird and owner reunited

Missing macaw found after nearly 3 days on the wing

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A missing red green-winged macaw was found Thursday about two miles from its home.

Zazu, a two-year-old free-flier, had been missing since Monday.

Aviculturist Buddy Waskey said the three-foot tall parrot was safely home after being away for 67 hours.

Waskey said Zazu was found on Wheat Swamp Road, which is just west of Banana Loop off U.S. 117 Alternate, where Waskey lives.

Zazu, a female, was free-flying with another macaw named Shylor on Monday. Shylor returned but Zazu didn’t.

The missing macaw was featured in Thursday’s edition of The Wilson Times, with Waskey offering a $5,000 reward.

“I got the call at 12:30 p.m.,” Waskey said. “I had four calls in about three minutes.”

The calls came from a little neighborhood ringed by farmers’ fields. The first caller was a young woman.

“She wants to remain anonymous. She’s been around parrots. Her father has a parrot and Zazu flew into the little neighborhood.

When Waskey arrived at the home, Zazu was standing on the woman’s shoulder.

“She had already flown out of her tree and onto her shoulder. When Zazu saw me, she flew and landed on my shoulder,” Waskey said. “She was ready to go home.”

Waskey said Thursday’s story is what led to Zazu being found.

“She was tired and hungry,” Waskey said. “She was ready to make a change.”

Waskey asked the woman if she wanted the reward money and she declined.

The two decided they would split the money between two charities, The Maggie Society Canine Rescue, Rehabilitation & Education and the Bird Endowment, an organization that puts nest boxes down in Bolivia for blue-throated macaws.

Waskey brought Zazu by the newspaper office to say thanks on Thursday evening.

“I got the bird back. The paper done it,” Waskey said.

“ I appreciate it,” he told a handful of staffers who snapped cellphone pictures as Zazu nuzzled her head up against Waskey’s nose.

“I didn’t let her eat a lot, but she is hungry again,” Waskey said. “I can feel right here she’s got a little bit of food in her stomach. I’ll let her eat a little bit more She drank a lot. That’s what I really wanted her to do. So that’s good.”

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