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April 3, 2005

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Cracker, the Pet of the Day
Name: Cracker
Age: Ten years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Cockatoo
Home: California, USA
   Cracker is ten years old and is the most amazing cockatoo. Cracker is a fun and funny bird and makes us laugh every day. But he disappeared for three days when he flew out the front door one day. We were horrified and put posters up everywhere with his picture and our phone number.

    We often hang out at "Patrick Malloy's" on Hermosa Beach Pier. Each day we wished he would land up there. The day before we found him, we looked up and said "Wouldn't that be magic if he would just turn up with those other parrots?" and he did, except he found a palm tree at the end by himself.

    There are lots of little wild green parrots around in some of those palm trees and our wish came true after we prayed together. We got a phone call next day to say that two kids and their dad had heard him, then saw him, so we dashed down. We saw him and he saw us, and couldn't wait to get down. And, after several enormous swoops aiming for Nick's arm, (the owner of Cracker) from one palm tree to another, he eventually landed on the railing exactly where we had made the wish. This spot is 1 1/2 miles from where we live. It should have been in a movie! Cracker was home, and collapsed into a nap onto Nick's chest after much fuss and porridge and water. We are so glad he is home, and safe, and want everyone to know to keep their birds safe!

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