The racing pigeon, called Petey by locals, that got lost during a 500-mile race in Canada and ended up in Chetek, may be back in the area after an unsuccessful attempt at getting him closer to home.

Petey had arrived at Crimson Hue Resort in July and resort owners Jennifer and Matt Blatz soon found themselves caring for the bird and trying to find a way for him to fly back to his rightful owner in Canada. Due to pandemic restrictions, neither the Blatzes or Petey’s owner, Tony Rodgers, can cross the border.

A plan was hatched to specialty mail the bird to Michigan, where it would be less than 200 miles to his home in Burlington, Canada, near Toronto, Canada. The bird was released from the spot in Michigan on Aug. 29, and it was expected to take less than a day to fly home.

However, Petey still hasn’t made it back to Canada, and it is possible he now considers Chetek his new home. He may have been hanging out near Gilligans on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

If spotted, contact Crimson Hue Resort at 715-924-4515. Petey can be identified by a band on his foot that has the numbers 442.

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