A family living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania lost their pet cockatiel and it was finally found three years later singing the song from The Andy Griffith Show.
Louise Duncan said that she started to notice this beautiful looking “wild” bird visiting the front porch of the Christ United Methodist Church, and it kind of looked familiar.
“I knew it was not a normal bird that comes by because it had an orange or yellow plume,” Louise told WGAL-TV.
Years back there were photos and a statement put out about a cockatiel named Lucky that escaped a Pennsylvania family’s home and was never found.
Louise and Pastor Roseann Goldberg-Taylor managed to lure the bird into a box where they secured it and contacted the animal rescue group ORCA to report the animal was found.
ORCA took photos of cockatiel and posted them on Facebook, they soon began to get messages and one in particular, from a family in the city of Ephrata who reported the cockatiel, Lucky, missing.
Libby Rannels with ORCA sent the family more photos of the bird and they were pretty sure it was Lucky but wanted to put it through one more test to make sure.
They asked them to play the theme song from The Andy Griffith Show and the bird started dancing and singing along to it then that’s a big sign it was Lucky.
Sure enough,“he started whistling that song, and the bird started dancing, kind of bobbing his head, so we knew then that it had to be the same bird,” Libby said.
Lucky was transported back to its original family but said the family now lives in a smaller home and decided that they do not have enough space to properly take care of the bird.
Everything worked out though because ORCA later announced that Lucky will now become a new permanent member of the organization, living as the office pet.