A lost pet parrot from Lake Zurich was successfully reunited with its owner yesterday! Thanks to a quick-thinking senior citizen, people- and animal-loving assisted living workers and the Facebook social network.

Saturday night Kasha, a Lake Zurich parrot, took a joy flight. On Sunday, Kasha stopped to rest on the balcony of Ralph Ostrom, a senior resident at Prairieview at The Garlands Assisted Living Community in Barrington. Surprised to see such a beautiful bird, Ralph opened his door and in flew Kasha. Adept at helping humans, the staff at Prairieview extended their caring and kind attitude toward the parrot. They gave Kasha fruit and water, shelter (in the form of a birdcage brought from one staff member’s home!) and the attention that these birds so often crave.

They reached out to the local police, veterinarians, animal control and pet stores in an effort to find the parrot’s owner with no success. On Wednesday evening, the Executive Director of Prairieview saw a Facebook posting about a lost parrot with a description that exactly matched the rescued bird at Prairieview!

Thursday morning the Prairieview staff called the number on the flyer. The boyfriend of the bird’s owner answered and exclaimed “that’s Kasha!” when he heard the parrot caw in the background. But he didn’t share the good news with his girlfriend, who had been crying for days over the loss of her beloved bird. Instead, he brought her to Prairieview under a ruse. When the staff brought Kasha to the woman, her jaw dropped and she cried with joy!

“A lot of the staff here own pets, so it was really important for us to reunite the pet parrot with its owner,” said Lisa Geisler, Activity Director, Prairieview at The Garlands.


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