Selena McClain and her family took their parrot “Blue” to Shuford Fields on Sunday afternoon to watch him fly.
It’ll be the last time Blue has an adventure like that.
By the time it was over, a city of LaGrange utility crew and firefighters had been enlisted to get Blue – full name, Blue Crackers – down from high atop the utility pole where he’d chosen to perch.
“He was up on that pole for two hours,” McClain said. “He was on the light poles, he was in the trees.”
McClain was distraught at the notion of never getting her bird back.
“I was ready to give up, but my husband said we’d get him back,” she said. “That’s a $900 bird.”
McClain had known Blue since he was an egg.
Blue is the progeny of her two other yellow and blue parrots, named Romeo and Juliet. He was born on May 12 and McClain and her son Aubrey Huff, 13, guided him through his first weeks of life, feeding him with special bird formula. The feedings came every two hours, then four hours then six hours until Blue finally graduated to regular bird food. The birds eat a mix of fruits and nuts. The birds can live to be 80 – Romeo and Juliet are 35.
The bird and his parents seemed unfazed by the events Tuesday morning.
Blue’s inaugural and final flight also was a first for CJ Moore with LaGrange Utilities. He wound up in the bucket truck when it came time to rescue the bird.
“They said just grab him,” Moore said. He was able to grab the bird and bring him down to his waiting family.
Blue got his wings clipped that afternoon.