FEATHERED FRIEND: Raylene Williams with her macaw Coco and Bec Kuhl who brought her down from the tree.
FEATHERED FRIEND: Raylene Williams with her macaw Coco and Bec Kuhl who brought her down from the tree. Alistair Brightman

Girl finds bird for $1000 reward

FOR THE past week Raylene Williams has been walking the streets of Hervey Bay crying out “Coco ... Coco”.

No, she hadn't gone crazy, she was on the hunt for her pet macaw which she had paid $7700 for just two years ago.

Raylene was so desperate to find the exotic bird, which escaped from its cage on Sunday night, that she posted a $1000 reward and put ads in the newspaper and on radio.

She had almost given up hope of finding Coco alive when she received a phone call to say a young woman had managed to catch the avian adventurer.

An Aquavue Cafe staff member at Torquay had spotted the macaw being attacked by other birds in a tree nearby and phoned Pet World.

Bec Kuhl and her boyfriend, Michael Read, who both work at Pet World, went to investigate and Bec volunteered to climb the thin, twiggy tree.

Ignoring the danger that the bird might bite and seriously injure her, Bec went eye-to-eye with Coco and talked to her.

“It was just frightened,” she said.

Coco jumped on to her shoulder briefly then she loosely wrapped her in a jumper and climbed down the tree with the bird under one arm, grazing her leg and feet in the process.

Aquavue staff put two milk crates together to form a temporary cage while they waited for Raylene to collect her.

The $1000 reward will be handed over today to Bec who said she would share it with her boyfriend and Aquavue.

After the rescue, Raylene took Coco to Bayview Vet in Torquay who looked her over for free and declared her fine apart from being exhausted, a bit skinny and having some scratches around her face and bedraggled tail feathers from being attacked by other birds.

Late yesterday, Coco was back home in the arms of her owner, tucking her head into Raylene's chest so the back of her neck could be stroked.

“I'm very happy,” she said.

“I don't think she would have lasted another night.”



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