We have a $1,000 blue and gold macaw, Rocky, and he got away the other evening. We made many calls _ to the police, the fire department, the animal rescue people _ but nobody would help us. Then we called Florida Power, and they sent out a bucket truck. The gentleman who came out was John Pitkevitsch. He went out of his way to get our bird back. He used the bucket truck in the trees twice. Then Rocky flew a couple of blocks away to the top of a tree in somebody's back yard.Pitkevitsch couldn't use the bucket truck, so he climbed the tree and got the bird down for us. He was really nice _ even though Rocky bit him.
Sally Gromoll, St. Petersburg
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