Missing Silver Lake parrot found in East Hollywood
When Alexis Readinger's pet African gray parrot, Lola, flew the coop -- er, patio -- last month, the Silver Lake resident went into high gear to bring her back home.
Readinger turned to traveling billboards, a pet detective, a psychic and trained bloodhounds to track down the missing bird, but in the end, what brought Lola back to her was a free posting on Craigslist.
Lola turned up in a pot of geraniums on the balcony of an East Hollywood home two miles from Readinger's. The home's owner, Margaret Starr, spotted her there and moved quickly to grab her with a pair of oven mitts. Starr saw Readinger's Craigslist ad and called to report that she thought she'd found Lola. Twenty-four days had elapsed since the parrot's disappearance.
Readinger wasn't initially sure the bird was hers, but a scar that matched Lola's, the result of a run-in with a closing door, proved that the birds were one and the same.
When Lola left with Readinger, Starr and her husband, Marvin Friedenn, found they missed having a bird around. "She had filled the house with her energy," Friedenn said. So, at Starr's request, Readinger used a portion of the $2,000 reward she'd offered for Lola's return to purchase a parrot for the couple. The rest went to a cat charity.
-- Lindsay Barnett
Photo: Lola, center, with Readinger and Readinger's other African gray parrot, Charlie. Credit: Sachi Cunningham / Los Angeles Times