Tropical Bird survives Hurricane Irene in Central Park

Male Cockatiel
Cockatiel survives Hurricane Irene, finds refuge in Central Park

F3CNUP5PVPJ7: Josie the cockatiel joins the rank of beloved creatures with ties to Central Park. For some time the media reported on the Central Park peacock, the Central Park wolf, and the Central Park lamb. Now, we present, the Central Park Cockatiel. Our friends over at recently shared the tale.

A routine trip to the vet went bad when Jim DiGiovanni, an Upper West Side resident, accidentally opened his bird carrier on the street while trying to check that it was securely shut. His pet cockatiels, Cliffy and Josie, flew away. He and his partner immediately started papering the area with signs.

Missing Cockatiels
Josie and Cliffy, The Missing Cockatiels

The first call they received was unfortunate. Cliffy had been found wounded. DiGiovanni rushed the bird to the vet but it was too late. It seemed all was lost for Josie too when Hurricane Irene rolled into New York. The owners assumed they’d never see their bird again. But they were wrong. They received a call from The Central Park Conservancy. Josie had been found. A veterinarian got to work flushing out pebbles and bits of metal that the bird tried to eat. He was dehydrated and almost half the weight he was before he was lost but in the end, Josie pulled through. The owners were told that he may have survived due to the abundance of water from the hurricane. The vet who treated the bird explained that domesticated birds don’t forage well in the wild and usually suffer from dehydration or malnutrition.

DiGiovanni was so pleased to have Josie back that he’s become a lifetime donor to the Central Park Conservancy. The Conservancy is a non-profit responsible for the restoration and maintenance of the park. They provide 85% of Central Park’s budget.

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