BUTTE, Mont. - A Great Falls man who lost his macaw in a divorce more than five years ago has been reunited with the bird, thanks to an observant friend.
Mike Taylor picked up the 25-year-old bird he calls "Love Love" at Montana's Parrot & Exotic Bird Sanctuary in Butte on Sunday.
Taylor said his wife sold the bird after a nasty divorce. "I've been kind of looking for him the whole time," he said.
A friend of Taylor's, Steven Campbell, recently spotted the bird during a visit to the sanctuary.
It took some time for Campbell to convince Taylor. Then Taylor had to convince sanctuary founder Lori McAlexander. But she said he knew things about the bird that only a previous owner could have known, like it was blind in one eye, said "love love" and liked to play peek-a-boo.
The bird was surrendered to the sanctuary a couple of years ago after it bit a woman so hard she required medical attention, McAlexander said.
Love Love appeared to recognize Taylor right away.
"Hangs upside down already, let me grab his beak, does his peeky-boo, likes to tuck his head," said Taylor, who called the reunion "very heart touching."
Macaws can live up to 50 years, according to the San Diego Zoo.