Stowaway bird gets free cruise-ship ride

Many Kaua’i residents have taken cruise-ship excursions, interisland and otherwise.

But, normally, they pay for cabin space, meals and the like.

A female lutino cockatiel, perhaps longing for a life at sea, or just some new scenery, was recently seen on the top deck of the Dutch cruise ship MS Amsterdam when the cruise ship was in Nawiliwili Harbor earlier this month.

She took a liking to the shoulder of one of the ship’s engineers, and wouldn’t leave, said Oliver K. Mueller, an agent with Transmarine Navigation, whose company handles operational matters for certain foreign-flagged cruise ships calling on Hawaiian waters.

So, crew members got the OK from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Customs, and other officials, for the bird, quickly dubbed “Stowaway Lilly of Nawiliwili,” to make the cross-Kaua’i-Channel cruise with crew members.

“I guess she decided it’s a great opportunity to take a free cruise around the island,” Mueller said.

“Lilly is very friendly, and only wants to fly on peoples’ shoulder and stay there,” said Mueller, who called the Kauai Humane Society to see if her owner had phoned there, but hadn’t received a return phone call.

“She obviously is a loving, trained pet that escaped in Kaua’i, and is most likely missed by her owner,” he continued.

“She is at my house on O’ahu, and I will take good care of her until I find the owner,” Mueller said. “Maybe a small write-up in your paper could reunite her with her owner.”

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