UTICA, N.Y. -- After more than two days of flying around New Hartford, Charlie the macaw was finally caught and returned to his family with the help of the New Hartford Fire Department.
Charlie was located several blocks down from where he flew away from his owner Amanda Bonanza, of Westmoreland, outside of New Hartford Animal Hospital on Oneida Street Wednesday.
Fire crews went to the scene Friday night where Charlie was seen by local residents near O'Baby's Restaurant. They used a ladder truck to get to him, shining lights to help lure him out of the tree. John Treen from New Hartford Animal Control was able to safely capture Charlie in a net around 9 p.m., and return him to his other owner, Joe Bonanza, who was waiting below.
Amanda was taking Charlie to an appointment to get his wings clipped on Wednesday when he flew out of his cage into a tree. She says she will learn how to clip his wings herself in the future.
Charlie is a golden macaw, which is a member of the parrot family.