Free-range Central Seattle cockatoo Peaches McFly has an Instagram account. Now Peaches also has an arrest record.
Monday night, SPD took the bird into custody after a series of sightings across Capitol Hill:
@jseattle there's a white parrot flying around Cal Anderson,is anyone missing a bird?
— hystrich (@hystrich) August 23, 2016
— Jennifer Bacon (@jenrbacon) August 23, 2016
A concerned citizen flagged down Officers David Allen and Kurt Preuss in the 1400 block of Harvard Avenue around 11:30 PM and informed them a white bird was hanging out on a car in the area and appeared stranded. No one at the scene came forward to claim the bird–who refused to turn stool pigeon on his owners–so Officer Allen did an internet search for recent online postings about lost birds in Seattle. He soon found a post about a missing white cockatoo, named Peaches McFly, and discovered that Peaches had his own Instagram page. Officers were able to coax Peaches into a patrol car (they were delighted to discover the bird was house-broken) and contacted the bird’s owner through Instagram.
Seattle Police say the bird’s owner arrived to pick up Peaches and offered an interesting explanation for the cockatoo’s travel. Peaches, apparently, “‘car surfs’ on slow-moving vehicles to travel about the East Precinct,” SPD reports. Maybe somebody should introduce Peaches to the First Hill Streetcar.