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Claude Cadieux's world almost came crashing down when he accidentally let his beloved pet white-capped pionus parrot out of his cage - but luckily, they would be reunited.
Kristi Shinfuku
08.27.17
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For one Montreal-based man, his world almost came crashing down when he accidentally let his beloved pet white-capped pionus parrot out of his cage.

“I was putting some sheets on the cord, and I forgot to close the door,” Claude Cadieux later recalled to the Montreal Gazette. “Suddenly, I turned my head, and I saw the bird flying away.”

He thought that might have been the end, but the parrot had other plans.

A day later, a woman named Tania McIntosh was with her extended family and her 8-month-old son when the parrot landed on her balcony. While she’s currently on maternity leave, she’s spent time working in veterinary offices in the past, and currently volunteers for the local SPCA. She immediately recognized that the parrot was a domesticated pet, and she decided to get a little closer.


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“He was very, very happy to be picked up by people,” McIntosh told the Montreal Gazete. “He actually ran toward us. I picked him up, brought him straight into the kitchen, shut all the doors so he wouldn’t fly away and gave him some dinner. He had some blueberries, some grapes, some cashews. He didn’t like mangoes though.”

After feeding him, the parrot rested in a small nook above the refrigerator. She then decided to try to locate the owner and get the friendly bird back to his home. She asked close neighbors, but it seemed like no one knew who he belonged to.

Not knowing where to turn next, she decided to post about it on Facebook. Barring that, she decided she would consider bringing him back to her home in a different location, even going so far as listing herself as a potential foster and leaving Piou-Piou at SPCA while she got together the necessary supplies to take him back to her home.


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Luckily it didn’t get to that, as her Facebook post quickly went viral in her local neighborhood and a mutual friend between the two of them saw the post and contacted Claude Cadieux about his missing parrot.

“I’m really happy to have him back,” Cadieux finally noted to the news. “It’s like a miracle.”

We’re incredibly glad that the pet was able to come back safely! While Quebec’s warm summers are mild enough for the bird, it’s harsh winters can mean a death sentence for escaped birds. Piou-Piou is a truly resourceful bird that must really love his owner!

Piou-Piou the parrot comes home

When Piou-Piou the parrot flew the coop on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, his owner was certain he had lost his beloved pet forever.

Thankfully, Piou-Piou came home thanks to a family posting that they had found the bird on Facebook http://ow.ly/wB9i30eAUX8

Posted by Montreal Gazette on Tuesday, 22 August 2017

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By Kristi Shinfuku
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Kristi Shinfuku is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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