Pair of lovebirds, lost and separated in Hope, both safe and sound after two rescues – Agassiz Harrison Observer
Two lovebirds were rescued in Hope over the weekend, separately but so close to each other that rescuers are sure they are a related couple.
The only problem is that one rescue happened without knowing the other. And one ended up on an adventure to Victoria, while the other stays in Hope.
The two women who rescued the lovebirds hope to find the rightful owners.
Shelley Kohlmann contacted The Standard first thing Monday morning, hoping to connect with the owner. At the time, she thought the lovebird she found — a small white and yellow thing faintly colored with hints of blue and green that looked like it had been dropped from a watercolor brush — had flown out the window. of Hope.
She was crossing town on her way back to Victoria on Saturday when she stopped at Save-On Foods on Old Hope Princeton Way.
“There was this lost lovebird flying around and it landed on me,” she said over the phone. “I didn’t want to leave myself, and I didn’t want to leave him there. I didn’t know what to do, so I took him home.
Kohlmann felt she had no choice.
“He was running around on the floor and nobody wanted to take him home with them,” she said.
This is how the bird arrived in Victoria, during this summer adventure.
Kohlmann isn’t a bird owner, so that meant a trip to the pet store to outfit the sweet little bird with a temporary home and food.
He stayed close to Kohlmann, following her around the house when not in the cage.
“Poor guy was just flying around the house so I brought him a cage and some food,” she said. “He needs to be kept safe if I’m going to take care of him.”
But she really hopes it is temporary accommodation and that the current owners will contact her. Although there is some distance and a ferry ride between them, she hopes everything will be fine.
She also feared that this lost lovebird also had a frantic partner waiting for him somewhere.
“Hopefully someone will see a story and then we can figure out how to get him home,” she said. “He is handsome.”
Well, Christal Zerr in Hope saw the story almost immediately. And she also became the emergency caregiver for a lovebird who was rescued in Hope.
Women are positive, it must be a related pair.
Zerr’s daughter was working at A&W on Old Hope Princeton Way when a lovebird flew into the restaurant. This one is green with a bright red head. He was able to be caught, but a second that was also spotted was not. It was Friday.
So by the time Kohlmann came to Hope the next day, the second lovebird had spent an entire night alone. No wonder then, it wouldn’t leave her alone.
Zerr shared the post on some local Facebook groups, and someone mentioned seeing a truck pulling a boat, and the truck contained a birdcage.
It’s a mystery at this point whether the lovebirds were intentionally abandoned – many pets are abandoned as housing becomes harder to find for people. But they hope to be able to reunite the birds with the appropriate owner and each other very soon.
Kohlmann can be reached at 250-480-9481.
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