John Boatwright, 79-year-old proud Auburn man, did what any War Eagle alum would do when his blue-headed Amazon parrot named Jacky slipped through a crack in the sliding glass doors and flew away.
He yelled out, as loud as he could, “War Eagle!”
“I had opened the doors about 18 inches, just to feed the birds outside,” Boatwright recalled of the April 8 escape. “And Jacky just must have seen the opening, and she flew right past my head at about 90 miles an hour.
“Brushed me right on top. I thought she was gone forever.”
Even though Boatwright had lived in the jungles of Panama during his workdays as a civil engineer, and had heard a million parrots screeching, he missed Jacky saying what Jacky usually said: “Hello?” when the phone rang, and “Mommy.”