FAMILY MEMBER: A reader has lost her Alexandrine parrot and hopes someone will return it to her.
FAMILY MEMBER: A reader has lost her Alexandrine parrot and hopes someone will return it to her. Iain Curry

LETTER OF THE DAY: Owner wants cherished bird back

READER COMMENT: IN JANUARY we were unfortunate to lose our five-year-old Alexandrine parrot.

This beautiful bird was one of the family. He would play with us, and give us kisses and cuddles.

The time and money put into caring for him was like having another child. When you take on a parrot you do so knowing that they live 30-plus years.

Recently I have read a few reports of people finding birds and keeping them.

One such bird was reunited with the owner by a reluctant party. Another instance I read of was someone giving a parrot that they had found to a family and when they took it to have wings clipped the alert vet did a routine check and the real owner was found.

This bird had been missing for three weeks.

I suppose I just want to put the other side out there.

I still cry about my bird and have hundreds of dollars' worth of cages and toys, and memories, that I keep in the hope that maybe he will return.

If you find a bird, don't think it is a lucky find. Someone is heartbroken, as is the bird, because they bond.

Most times it is a horrible accident that they get away and it is not intentional.

There are so many ways of reuniting owners and their beloved bird children.

If you found a child, you would not just keep it.

My Alex was my feathered kid and I know someone out there has him.

CAROLYN MINNIE

Marcoola


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