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Where’s Rosie? Neighbors Rally To Find Cockatiel Lost In Rogers Park During Cross-Country Road Trip

Rosie might have been spotted this week as her owners continue their search. “I’m either going to find her or I'm going to die of old age trying to find her, but I'm not going to stop looking for her.”

The cockatiel was sighted Sept. 5 in Rogers Park.
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ROGERS PARK — Neighbors are banding together to help a Chicago visitor find a beloved pet cockatiel who went missing last month.

Esther Blevins and her husband were driving cross-country with their five birds when one of their cages fell apart during a stop in Chicago, she said. Out flew their two cockatiels, Link and Rosie — and while they were able to get Link, Rosie flew away and has been missing since Aug. 25.

“It was a miserable two hours of you walking about in the pouring rain and just calling this bird and whistling her favorite songs,” Blevins said.

Blevins eventually had to continue her journey to Minnesota, but she and her husband have returned to Chicago to continue the search for Rosie. And Chicagoans have kept the search alive on social media, sharing Blevins’ Facebook posts about the bird and Reddit users tracking down cross streets of Rosie’s recent sightings.

Rosie was sighted Sept. 5 near the intersection of West Chase Avenue and North Sacramento Avenue, Blevins said. There was possibly another sighting of her Tuesday in suburban Bloomingdale. Some Reddit users have walked and biked around Rogers Park in search of Rosie, she said.

“It seemed like people were actively looking for Rosie when they saw that post,” Blevins said. “They’re being very, very helpful, which is something I’m not very used to seeing on the internet whenever I ask for help.”

Blevins also reached out to Chicagoland Exotic Animal Rescue for help, and they told her they had already seen the widely shared posts and were searching for the bird, she said.

Link, who shares a cage with Rosie, seems to miss her, too, Blevins said.

“When you bring an animal into your home, it’s totally your responsibility to protect them,” Blevins said. “I’m either going to find her or I’m going to die of old age trying to find her, but I’m not going to stop looking for her.”

Rosie responds to people whistling the “X-Men: The Animated Series” theme song.

People who spot Rosie can contact Blevins by emailing FindMyRosie@Gmail.com.

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