by Cori Hilsgen
After spending a cold and windy night outdoors, Lucy has been found.
Lucy is a white, gray and yellow cockatiel. She is 8-year-old Anna Lahr’s pet. Anna is in second grade at Kennedy Community School and is the daughter of Andy and Teresa Lahr of St. Joseph.
Lucy recently went missing on a cold and windy morning when Teresa Lahr stepped out of her house without realizing Lucy was sitting on her shoulder. Much to Lahr’s dismay, Lucy flew away.
Teresa searched for Lucy for about 45 minutes without any success. She then posted it on “Craig’s List” in the Lost-and-Found section and in the Pets section.
The next day Lahr received an email from someone named Patty who had spotted a white bird on the College of St. Benedict campus. Lahr searched the grounds where Lucy had been “spotted” but was not able to locate the bird.
The Lahrs received Lucy from Teresa’s sister, Rose Kruger-Fuchs. She had adopted her from the humane society for her son, and after a couple years they passed her on to the Lahr family.
She called her sister, Kruger-Fuchs, to tell her how worried she was about the bird surviving outside in the cold weather. Lahr said she could tell that her daughter, Anna, seemed upset about the bird and she really wanted to find Lucy for her daughter.
Lahr also contacted the police department to see if anyone had reported seeing the lost bird.
Kruger-Fuchs told Lahr she knew some people at CSB and offered to send out some emails. Lahr’s nephew, Steven, who works at St. John’s University, was also contacted. That started a chain reaction of Facebook postings and emails.
Lahr said she received emails expressing concern from people she had never met, including the monks at SJU.
On the second day Lucy was missing, Lahr received a call from St. Joseph Police Chief Pete Jansky.
“Teresa, do you believe in miracles?” Jansky asked.
Jansky told Lahr someone who lived six houses away from them had found Lucy.
Lahr is not sure of their last names, but she said a couple named Laurie and Dave found Lucy walking around in their backyard when their dog was barking at her. They told her they could tell Lucy was somebody’s pet because she came right to them.
Lahr called her daughter’s teacher, Mrs. Mergen, at Kennedy to ask her if she would please let Anna know Lucy had been found.
Lucy had spent one cold and chilly night outside before Laurie and Dave found her, but she is now safe at home with Anna again.
Lahr said she is very happy Lucy has been found and she did not freeze in the cold winter weather.
Lucy, a pet cockatiel, recently spent a cold and windy night outdoors before being found. Anna Lahr was upset when her pet bird went missing. Her mother, Teresa Lahr, desperately searched to find her. After many Facebook and email postings, Lucy was located. St. Joseph Police Chief Pete Jansky was able to give Lahr the good news Lucy had been found.
Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.