How Toronto’s online pet community rallied around this bird owner to search for her lost friend

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When Marlena Kaesler went by means of a tricky time after a psychological effectively being prognosis, she found comfort in an unusual provide: Bobbin, a vivid blue quaker parrot with tons of persona — and smarts.

Day by day, Kaesler requested him, “Are you a superb Bobbin?” He’d chirp fortuitously in reply. Then, sometime, she discovered him looking the window beside his cage, asking each particular person as they walked by, “Are you a superb Bobbin?”

Bobbin moreover saved Kaesler on her toes by having fun with strategies on her.

“He knew when he was being a trickster — he had a bit of robber stroll like a cat burglar,” she says. “He would take a loonie or a lipstick or one thing if I wasn’t giving him my full consideration.”

Then, in April 2019, the worst occurred: after three years collectively, Bobbin escaped from Kaesler’s west-end home. Kaesler stayed out all evening time, going from yard to yard with a crew of buddies who joined throughout the search: “I felt like I used to be in ‘Scooby-Doo,’ like ‘We have to discover that hen,’ and ‘We have to borrow this ladder.’”

Kaesler turned to Palz Petz Zone, an space Fb group with virtually 16,000 members. The neighborhood helped her cowl city in about 7,000 posters along with tagging her on any misplaced hen posts that will very effectively be Bobbin. Some donated to her photocopying fund and three people even paid for her to speak to pet mediums.

Though Bobbin and Kaesler have been certainly not reunited, she has nothing nonetheless overwhelming gratitude for the a complete bunch of folks that bought right here collectively to help her uncover her pal.

“It might have simply been a foolish lady searching for her hen, however the reality of the matter is that it was somebody with psychological well being points that was in disaster, they usually saved me. That’s the one means that I have a look at it. I cherish each single remark that was made, any single individual that gave me assist, it doesn’t matter what means, form or type,” she says.

Two years later, people nonetheless alert her to every missing-bird submit throughout the group, throughout the hopes she might sometime preserve Bobbin as quickly as further.

The internet neighborhood is how she found her new feathered companion, lovebird Pip (who screeched for snuggles all through this interview). Pip bought right here into her life when a Scarborough woman’s two lovebirds unexpectedly hatched an egg, and Kaesler was able to rehome her.

Pip helped distract Kaesler when she was distraught over Bobbin.



“I clearly nonetheless take into consideration Bobbin on a regular basis,” she says. “I simply missed him a lot and never having a hen round was simply so devastating to me.”

It took time, nonetheless Kaesler says she and Pip in the meanwhile are most interesting buddies.

“Pip is a wild youngster, she’s spicy,” Kaesler says with a smile in her voice. “Pip won’t ever substitute Bobbin: she could be very completely different, however attending to know her has been refreshing and thrilling. She is a candy little creature that retains me on my toes.”

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