Hobart woman reunited with beloved pet cockatoo three years after it goes missing

When Hannah Tumney’s beloved pet cockatoo George went lacking from her southern Tasmanian dwelling three years in the past, she by no means misplaced hope that she would see it once more.

However she by no means anticipated to search out the red-tailed black cockatoo three hours away within the northern city of Deloraine, 220 kilometres from the place she lives.

“I bought the hen a couple of yr or so earlier than [it went missing],” she mentioned.

“We actually bonded. He was at all times cuddled up and like a bit of child.

Pesky parrot’s button-pushing plan

Ms Tumney has a variety of pet birds, one which was concerned within the cockatoo’s escape.

“[George] was taking part in round within the storage and I had one other parrot out on the time,” she mentioned.

“I left the room and the parrot pressed the button on the storage door and flew on the cockatoo.

“It scared the cockatoo and it flew off.”

Hannah mentioned her pet had settled again in and was “actually completely happy”.(Equipped: Hannah Tumney)

When the hen went lacking, Ms Tumney regarded all over the place to try to discover her pet.

“I adopted up with any cockatoo I noticed on the market on-line.

When Ms Tumney acquired a message {that a} red-tailed black cockatoo had been present in Deloraine — 220 kilometres north of Margate — she was overwhelmed.

“It was a little bit of a shock,” she mentioned.

Microchip pays off

The hen was picked up initially by the Deloraine vet, earlier than it was sorted by the Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary at Mole Creek.

Androo Kelly is the proprietor of the sanctuary.

“I bought a name from the Deloraine vet to say that they had a hen they needed to maintain till the suitable proprietor got here, however they could not actually hold it there,” he mentioned.

“We adopted up the microchip quantity and went by means of the RSPCA, who discovered by means of their database the rightful proprietor.”

Georgie the red-tailed black cockatoo in her Hobart home.
Three years within the wild left the hen unable to fly.(Equipped: Hannah Tumney)

Ms Tumney made the three-hour, 270km journey to Mole Creek the place after three years she was reunited along with her pet.

George has one other shock in retailer

It was an emotional reunion for each human and animal.

“It was in a cage and was screaming and scared and I walked up and it stopped — it was taking a look at me with its head to the facet prefer it recognised me,” Ms Tumney mentioned.

And there was a shock in retailer for the proprietor.

“After I bought the hen it was solely very younger and I assumed the hen was a boy once I purchased it,” she mentioned.

“Now that the hen is extra mature I can inform it is a woman, so George is definitely Georgie.”

Ms Tumney mentioned Georgie had re-settled properly into her dwelling, however was nonetheless carrying some accidents after her three years away.

“She will’t even fly, so I do not know what she has been by means of however she has been by means of so much,” she mentioned.

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