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Montana man reunited with woman-hating macaw

UPI News Service, 04/23/2013 

A Montana man was reunited with his scarlet macaw after five years thanks in part to the bird's distaste for women.

Mike Taylor of Great Falls said his bird, Spike, goes by the nickname Love Love and he discovered after adopting the avian with his then-fiancee several years ago that Love Love disliked women due to being abused by a previous owner, the Great Falls (Mont) Tribune reported Tuesday.

Taylor said his wife sold the bird when the couple split up about five years ago and he "always wondered" what became of the bird.

Taylor said he had his answer when a friend, Steve Caldwell, recognized the bird at Montana's Parrot & Exotic Bird Sanctuary in Butte.

"He says, 'Oh, by the way, I seen your bird,'" Taylor said.

Taylor said he soon got in touch with Lori McAlexander, executive director of the sanctuary, and was able to convince her of his story by describing the bird's blind eye, toenail deformities, penchant for saying "love love" and his hatred of women.

McAlexander said the bird was donated by a woman named Sonia who was bitten mere days after purchasing him. She said only male handlers had been dealing with Spike due to the animal's violent distaste for women.

Taylor was reunited with Love Love Sunday at the sanctuary and was able to bring him home with his original cage and the toys that went along with him when his wife sold the bird.

"He's just a really neat bird," Taylor said.

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