Montana man loses bird over mistaken identity
GREAT FALLS, Mont.
A beloved macaw that a Great Falls man says he lost in a divorce then thought he had found again turned out to be a bird of a different feather.
Mike Taylor recently picked a bird from a Butte sanctuary that he thought was the one he lost. The bird was named Spike, but it also had the nickname “Love Love.”
However, an official from Montana’s Parrot & Exotic Bird Sanctuary last week took back the scarlet macaw, saying Taylor’s story didn’t add up after she talked with his ex, Belinda “Linda” Carillo.
First, Taylor’s bird was not blind in one eye, as the sanctuary’s bird is, facility director Lori McAlexander said.
Also, Taylor and his wife were married five years ago — when the bird was placed in the sanctuary, she added.
Taylor maintains the bird is his, though he says it’s kind of hard to tell.
“I was willing to adopt that one, and [McAlexander] told me no,” Taylor said.
Carrillo said she and Taylor never got a divorce, the Great Falls Tribune reported this week.
Taylor said Carillo did not sign the papers, while Carillo said she was not aware he had filed for divorce.
Carillo said she adopted Spike in Utah in 2003 and her own children gave the bird the nickname “Love Love.”
She moved in 2007 to Montana, where she met Taylor.
The couple separated at the end of 2010, and she moved to New Mexico, placing the real Spike “into a very loving and caring home” two years ago, she said.