How sweet it is: Lorikeet ‘Lolly’ recaptured after great escape

Adam PoulsenGeraldton Guardian
Cara Walker has been reunited with beloved rainbow lorikeet and escape artist, Lolly.
Camera IconCara Walker has been reunited with beloved rainbow lorikeet and escape artist, Lolly. Credit: Adam Poulsen

An adventurous rainbow lorikeet has been reunited with its owner after spending three weeks on the loose in Geraldton.

Cara Walker, 38, returned to her Mt Tarcoola home from a work trip to find her beloved pet Lolly missing.

How the bird escaped remains a mystery, though Ms Walker said the bottom trays of her cage had been pulled out slightly.

“I don’t know how that happened,” she said.

“She’s never escaped before.”

Ms Walker made a post about Lolly’s disappearance on a Facebook neighbourhood watch page on July 8, in the hope someone had seen her.

Before long, reports of sightings began trickling in.

“One girl had actually managed to hold a bottle of seed up for her and feed her, but she couldn’t catch her,” Ms Walker said.

“She was hanging around the trees at the back of another guy’s house quite regularly, so he’d message me any time she’d show up, but he just couldn’t get her.”

Eventually, a male rainbow lorikeet in Wandina caught Lolly’s eye.

Fortunately, the male bird’s owner, Dolina Sekodel, is a bird enthusiast and was able to catch Lolly late last month.

She is now safely back home with friends Buddy, Holly and Cake — a pink and grey galah, a 28, and a weero.

“I didn’t like my chances of getting her back,” Ms Walker said. “A big thank you to everyone who helped.”

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