| Dec 11, 2023
Mickaboo's and Saga's Journey
Saga with Megan
Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue has had quite a year! To date we have rescued over 160 birds from various situations and adopted over 130 to permanent loving homes. All of these activities happened because of YOUR financial support and the efforts of our ~200 volunteers - Thank You!
Sometimes we are asked what is involved in a rescue. Here is a story about a recent one.
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Saga, a male cockatiel, started his day pretty much like the others. He was alone in the house because his previous owner had had a medical emergency. No one even knew he was there until the owner’s daughter heard some sounds and “unearthed him” (her words) from what was a serious hoarding situation. The daughter was returning to her out-of-state home later that week and needed to find a place for the bird - fast!
That’s when Saga’s day got interesting.
12:00pm: Owner’s daughter calls Mickaboo in a panic, asking about placement options.
1:44pm: Update from the daughter that the situation is desperate. The Mickaboo volunteer team goes into overdrive!
2:15pm: Megan takes to the road to make the rescue. After picking up millet (because it was unclear when the bird last had food), she drives to the bird's location, an hour and fifteen minutes away.
4:15pm: Saga is safely in Megan’s car, but he’s very skittish.
4:33pm: Megan pulls off the road because Saga is panting and freaking out on the floor of the travel cage.
4:35pm: Saga calms down a bit after his cage is covered.
4:36pm: Megan’s car won’t start! It’s hot and there’s no air conditioning.
4:58pm: The tow truck is on the way. The air conditioning is working again. Saga seems happy to not be moving.
5:59pm: The towing company's app says it’ll be another 30 minutes before their service vehicle will arrive. Aack!
6:19pm: Megan posts pictures to social media while she waits. Saga is given his name by one of the Mickaboo team members following the events online.
6:52pm: The tow truck arrives. Saga goes into the front seat with Megan.
7:02pm: Back on the road, albeit Megan’s car is being towed.
8:10pm: Home at last! After being stranded for four long hours, 40 miles from home. Saga and Megan survive the ordeal, although it takes Saga a little while to recover.
Today, Saga is a joyful, affectionate bird who loves to step up on your hand, says “Pretty Bird,” and sings - all day long. (He's available for adoption! ) Megan’s heroics through a very long day, with the support of the Mickaboo team behind her, are just what Mickaboo volunteers do. Our underlying principle is that Every Bird Gets An Equal Chance. Not all have an adventurous day like Saga’s, but we never give up on each and every bird that we rescue.
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We can't thank you enough for enabling us to pursue our mission of rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming those birds who need us. We wish all of you a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.
Saga in tow truck
Saga is a handsome bird!