When Trina Regimbal lost her beloved Congo African Grey Parrot earlier this week she turned to Kijiji and social media to help find him.
Griffin the parrot went missing on May 6, when he fell of his owners shoulder and flew away. Trina started her search by posting an ad on Kijiji and putting up posters in her Ottawa neighbourhood, but widened the net by using social media.
On May 7, Kijiji’s Twitter feed picked this up:
We immediately re-tweeted it to help Trina find her bird. We weren’t the only ones. News of Griffin’s disappearance was being retweeted by Trina’s many followers and was eventually picked up by local news outlets, including the CBC.
Griffin was reunited with Trina a few days later. Trina purchased Griffin off of Kijiji in 2011, and we are so happy to have helped spread the word of his disappearance and get him home!
We caught up with Trina recently to find out more about Griffin’s ‘vacation’
Q. How did Griffin get home?
A. Griffin was reported by a couple living on McEwen Ave down by the Ottawa Parkway River saying he was on their balcony on the 25th floor. They called the Humane Society which gave our number.
Q. How do you think posting your lost parrot ad on Kijiji helped your search effort?
A. Kijiji was the first place I posted an ad when he went missing. I definitely knew it would help in spreading the news quickly.
Q. Did your community come together to help you find Griffin?
A. It was amazing how the community help and how the word spread so quickly about his disappearance. He went missing Sunday 06 2012 around 6pm and that late night early Monday morning it was broadcasted on 1310 news radio which they replayed a few times through out the day. Then CBC News came to my house to film a report that they aired that evening on CBC News.
By Monday morning when my husband and I started work everyone had heard about a missing parrot in the west end of Ottawa on the radio I couldn’t believe how quickly the words spread just over night and I had the whole day and the weather was beautiful I just had a gut feeling that today I was going to get him back.
Everyone’s comment is how do you find or even catch a bird, its like finding a needle in a hay stack! I didn’t know the answer to their question, but I did know that I was going to do everything in my power to get Griffin back.
Griffin was one of the lucky parrots that sought out refuge onto a caring couples balcony home that gave him cut up apples and grapes and called the Humane Society.
Q. Are you a regular Kijiji customer? How do you use Kijiji?
A. I use kijiji often, I’m on the site several times a day, just to browse, look for items that people are selling or check what is going/events in the community even advertise for my business when looking to fill a spot in my home daycare. Kijiji is great, everyone uses it and I recommend it to everyone.
Q. Have you ever bought anything for Griffin from Kijiji?
A. Haven’t bought anything yet for Griffin off of Kijiji but I do have an ad posted in search for a Parrot Perch for him on Kijiji.
We are glad Griffin made it home safe and sound! See Griffin in action on his YouTube channel!
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