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Two sets of keys found in Joliet. ROSE PANIERI~SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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Updated: August 4, 2012 6:08AM



Soft-hearted Caroline Fox of Joliet has an affinity with birds. Fox is a virtual Mother Nature, with a bevy of wild critters partaking in feasts offered in her oasis. Her property has served as a paradise for birds, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons … and a turkey.

Yes, a turkey — one that very likely escaped the chopping block one gloomy November. Happily, it found sanctuary under Fox’s protective wing.

For a couple of years, the wayward turkey was a daily visitor, much to the chagrin of the smaller birds who thought it ate too much. Recently, the gobbler went on to bigger and better things (I heard it scored a starring role in an upcoming Jim Carrey flick).

Soon after the turkey had departed for the West Coast, a pigeon wandered into Fox’s life.

A couple of weeks ago, she emerged from her home to find the peckish pigeon had joined the menagerie at her feeder. And it was no ordinary pigeon, but a winged aristocrat — a gleaming white carrier pigeon with an important blue band on its leg.

“I think he must have lost his GPS,” Fox said.

Or maybe the pigeon, like so many Americans, simply got tired of punching the clock — even with the guarantee of daily rations of Purina Pigeon Chow. Maybe one day the bird looked in the mirror and wondered why it had been born a working fowl rather than a royal consort peacock.

Since pigeons can’t talk like parrots, I’m afraid we’ll never really know just how it lost its groove.

At any rate, if your carrier pigeon has flown the coop, give me a call and I’ll put you in touch with Fox, who might be able to convince her new friend to get back to work.

Thankful to get wallet back

Jerry Benée of Shorewood is one lucky hombre. On June 25, he was shopping at Dominick’s on Route 59 in Shorewood. He exited the store, blithely unaware that he had left something important behind — his wallet.

Fast forward to around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday. The phone rang. It was Dominick’s letting him know a “young lady” had turned in his wallet.

The 15 minutes it took to get to Dominick’s were some of the longest of his life. After all, his drivers license was in that wallet. What if some eagle-eye police officer stopped him for going a smidge over the 40 mph limit?

And what if he arrived at Dominick’s only to learn he was the butt of some sick joke by sadistic identity thieves? What if he had to cancel all of his credit cards and spend long, sweaty hours at the driver’s services?

Happily, the worst-case scenario never came to fruition, and the wallet was there waiting for him.

“Everything was there, even the 10-dollar-bill I had in there,” he said. “It’s really good to know there are honest people in the world, but I don’t know how to thank this honest girl.”

We’ll do it for you. If you’re the young lady who rescued Benée’s wallet, pat yourself on the back. There aren’t many honest and decent folks like you left in this world. If you know this fine individual, buy her an ice cream sundae. She’s one in a million.

Keys found

Sharon Murray of Joliet found a set of keys with an Acura key and remote and two small keys. There are three charms: one stamped “Florida,” a crown and a letter “C.”

A lady who prefers anonymity turned in a single house key on a ring with a fob from Petric’s Auto Service in Joliet.

If you’ve lost — or found — something, call 815-773-7178 or email rpanieri@stmedianetwork.com.



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