When I walked into the campground office at eight o’clock Thursday the men were just finishing talking about an incident that happened last night.
“What did I miss?” I asked. I didn’t think I was being rude and I guess they didn’t mind telling me the story.
After all, it doesn’t happen every day that a camper’s parrot got loose and was flying around.
I guess there had to be a half-dozen folks trying to catch it. I don’t know how they expected to do it. They were running around on the ground and the parrot was flitting from tree to tree.
It finally settled high in a tree. The next idea was to get a ladder and climb up to catch it.
I wasn’t there, so I have no idea how that went. All I know is that the bird wasn’t listening to whatever words they used. I suppose they might have tried “Polly want a cracker?”
You know what worked? Water.
Someone suggested they spray the bird with water. They got a hose and started aiming water at the bird. They weren’t trying to hit the parrot… just spray above it.
It worked. The parrot kept hopping to lower branches to escape getting wet. At some point the guy on the ladder was able to reach out and catch the parrot.
It happened at Pagosa Riverside Campground in the evening of September 13, 2017. It was one wet parrot.