Lucy rules the roost at Luck­ies

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Victoria Park -

LUCY the three-year-old ma­caw is a star at­trac­tion in Vic­to­ria Park bot­tle shop Luck­ies Liquor, where peo­ple pop by to ad­mire her vi­brant plumage, hear her fledg­ling speech and oc­ca­sion­ally re­turn her when she flies the coop.

The brightly coloured South Amer­i­can par­rot has been a fix­ture at the store on Al­bany High­way since she was a seven-mon­thold palm-sized hatch­ling and owner John Luck­man says such is her pop­u­lar­ity that an ap­peal on his store’s Face­book page for help when she flew away to ex­plore gar­nered thou­sands of views, re­sult­ing in her speedy re­turn.

“I’d had dif­fer­ent birds be­fore but I’d al­ways wanted a ma­caw be­cause they are sup­posed to be su­per-in­tel­li­gent and the colours of their feath­ers is un­real,” Mr Luck­man said.

Lucy hap­pily sits on top of her cage and on em­ploy­ees’ shoul­ders whistling and chat­ting away to cus­tomers, mak­ing her trade­mark wolf whis­tle and ‘hello Lucy’ greet­ing among the shop’s main attractions.

Another at­trac­tion at the store next month will be Vic­to­ria Park’s first ever tast­ing of a bot­tle of 2010 Pen­folds Bin 95 Grange.

Mr Luck­man said the pres­ti­gious Aus­tralian wine usu­ally re­tailed for $800 a bot­tle.

■ The Grange tast­ing will take place on De­cem­ber 5, 5-7pm, at Luck­ies Liquor Bot­tle-O, 855 Al­bany High­way, East Vic­to­ria Park.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Wine man­ager Zoe Samwell and Lucy with a bot­tle of Pen­folds Grange.

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