He didn't appear to be their long-lost pet, and they weren't sure if he was. Then he got up and danced to their music.
(WGAL) LANCASTER, Pennsylvania – When he performed the dance that his family had taught him years earlier, a long-lost pet bird was reunited with his family.
Last week, a cockatiel named Lucky was discovered shivering in the rain outside a Lancaster church.
I knew it wasn't a regular passing bird because it had an orange or yellow plume, Louise Duncan said of her find.
He did not want to be in a box, she said, as she and the church's pastor struggled to get him into one. His claws were coming out the little handle hole, he explained, and he contacted the ORCA rescue agency (Organization for Responsible Care of Animals).
ORCA's Libby Rannels received a call from a woman in Ephrata, 15 miles away, who said her pet had flown away more than two years ago, just 30 minutes after posting images of the cockatiel on social media.
It appeared to be a match based on the photos. Rannels remarked, We were quite convinced, like, 90% sure.
When the woman's husband arrived, he had a way of being quite certain. He began whistling the Andy Griffith Show theme song.
The bird began to dance, Rannels explained. We knew it had to be the same bird at that point.
Lucky went home with his family, but they quickly realized they couldn't care for him in their cramped quarters, so they returned him to ORCA.
In a Facebook post, the rescue group stated, It's still a joyful ending. We are grateful that they care so much about him that they took this difficult decision. Our ORCA team has made the decision to keep Lucky as our office pet. We just want to provide him some stability and consistency after all he's been through in the last few years. He'll be adored while he's with us.