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article imageSquawk Over Parrot Ownership, Judge Orders Bird to Hearing

By Sandy Sand     Apr 6, 2009 in Lifestyle
Two women arguing over the ownership of a gray parrot take their fight to court. A trial judge will decide who will win the squawking contest.
An accidental meeting of two bird lovers ended in a feather dust up over the ownership an African Gray parrot named Lucky or Tequila, depending on which woman you ask, and will be decided by a Boca Raton, Florida, judge, who ordered the parrot to appear in court today.
Angela Colicheski, 52, who owns six exotic birds, got into a conversation with Sarita Lytell, 47, at A Dunkin’ Donuts about their mutual love for birds.
Colicheski was bemoaning the fact that her African Gray parrot she named Tequila, flew the coop and disappeared three years ago.
Unfortunately for Lytell, she said about that time she found her parrot, Lucky, who was suffering from dehydration and scared to death.
Lytell found the parrot about a half-mile from Colicheski’s home. Being a native from Brazil, Colicheski asked if the bird spoke in an accent and if he said, “Good morning darling, how are you?”
All Lytell’s answers being in the affirmative, Colicheski claimed ownership and demanded Lytell give her the bird.
Lytell's refusal to give up the bird caused Colicheski to file a lawsuit in February. Judge James Martz, agreed to the suit and ordered Lytell to deliver the bird to court for a preliminary examination.
For some unexplained reason, Martz ordered the bird be brought to court in a “bare cage” with nothing in the bottom, and is to remain in the courtroom during the course of the hearing.
Tequila or Lucky is valued at $2,000.
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