Tropical Bird Flies Coop, Returns Home Safely

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A macaw named “Pretty Bird” flew the coop on Sunday in Limestone County.  The bird’s owner, Nicki Parcus, was feeding the bird at her dog-grooming store on U.S. 31 South when the tropical bird escaped.

According to Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson, “Pretty Bird” was spotted walking on U.S. 31 by a passerby on Wednesday morning. Paula Curnutt, Water Department employee Torrey Putman, Julie Ritterbush and Ricky Adams were among those who stopped and tried to catch “Pretty Bird”.  Johnson said animal control officer Paul Tucker responded and tried to catch the bird, but it would fly away.

Chief Johnson said Ritterbush and Adams coaxed the bird with bread and fed him until the owner arrived to rescue him.  “Pretty Bird” is now safe at home with his family.