Lost Parrot Reunited With Owner
Published: October 12, 2006 | 4919th good news item since 2003
A pet Amazon parrot who flew away from his owner in Johnson City has been found in Long Island, N.Y. Owner Kim Kendrick lost her 47-year-old parrot named Buzzy nearly two months ago while she was walking outside with him.
But Kendrick got an unexpected phone call on Tuesday from a New Yorker named Josh Ruderman, who said he found Buzzy.
“When I heard he was in New York I was skeptical at first,” Kendrick said, “but then I talked with Buzzy on the phone and Josh sent my photos and it’s no doubt that it’s him.”
The bird, however, didn’t fly to New York. Ruderman, who was visiting East Tennessee for two months, found Buzzy in Johnson City four days after Kendrick lost him on Aug. 14.
“I could see that he was obviously a pet bird and not a strong flier,” Ruderman said. “Pretty soon he came back to me and landed on my finger. I put him in the car and took him back to my friend’s house in Elizabethton.”
Ruderman said he searched the papers during the last three weeks of his visit, but couldn’t find Buzzy’s owner. So Ruderman took him home to Long Island.
Ruderman finally found Buzzy’s grateful owner after reading a Sept. 20 article in the Johnson City Press about the missing parrot and e-mailed her Tuesday.
“It really is nice when a story comes together with a happy ending, but for me I will miss Buzzy very much,” Ruderman said.
Kendrick said she’s planning on driving up from Tennessee to Long Island next week to pick up Buzzy.