Kiwi Flies AwaySubmitted by U.S. Wealth Management of Boston on October 16th, 2019
By Julia Crane
You may have read in my last article that I have a Pineapple Conure named Kiwi. I probably should have clarified that a Pineapple Conure is a type of parrot.
Since I work so far from home, I am often gone 12 hours a day, and since I have so many pets I feel bad not being home to let them roam. I started to leave Kiwi out of her cage while I was gone. A few weeks ago when I came home, I opened my door to my apartment and Kiwi went flying out.
I never thought that she would fly away like that because there had been times in the past where the door was open and she wouldn’t leave my shoulder. So, when she first flew out I wasn’t that worried. She was already really attached to me, so I figured she would just come back. I was wrong.
I spent the whole night calling her name. I put her cage outside my front door because that’s what is recommended to do. I got nervous that she would come back, eat, and then leave again, so I left my apartment door open all night in hopes that she would fly in. She didn’t come back.
The next morning I woke up early and continued to call for her, but still no luck. I couldn’t look around all day, I had to get to work. Luckily Tom and Rick let me leave early in the afternoon to work from home, so I could have my door open for her. When I drove up to my apartment, I was hoping that Kiwi would just be waiting for me in the cage, and when she wasn’t I really lost all hope. She is such a small bird and the world is so huge, she could have gone anywhere.
Shortly after I got home my mom came running into my apartment crying on the phone. My mom is a crier, so I knew that these were her happy tears; someone had found Kiwi. She flew a little less than a mile from my house to a hair salon. A client spotted her on their car after getting their hair done, and one of the stylist knew enough to go out and pick her up. Kiwi crawled right up the stylists arm and snuggled with her, I think she was relieved to be with a person.
Now Kiwi is home with me, and I think more attached to me than ever. Needless to say I don’t leave her free in my apartment when I’m not there.
Kiwi’s adventure story made it into our local paper, click here to read more.
The author of this article is Julia Crane, Financial Planner Assistant at U.S. Wealth Management.