December 8, 2008

Escaped bird haunts neighborhood trees

A Florida woman says she is locked in a battle of wits against a tame macaw that has decided to stay in nearby trees after escaping from its owner.

Tania Regidor of Tampa said the bird, Chiquita, escaped from its owner, who has cancer and recently completed chemotherapy, during feeding time, The Tampa Tribune reported Monday.

Regidor said the bird spent the weekend flying from tree to tree in the neighborhood, each time going a little higher into the branches.

She said Chiquita and the bird's brother, Papito, have been hand-fed since they were babies. She said the bird would not know how to survive in the wild.