Missing African Grey Parrot
I’m forwarding this kind of heart-breaking message because CBCM might hear something about this bird that escaped. The person who had it as a pet is a U of C grad student. The fact he has put up a huge reward suggests it really meant something to him.
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A good friend of Ben and mine lost his African Grey parrot (see below). If you get a chance could you pass on the information to any local birding societies, collision monitors, etc. that you have contact information for? The parrot was like a child to him and his partner and the loss of the parrot has been utterly tragic for them.
Begin forwarded message:
I apologize for sending this to the entire listserve, but I really could use your help. Yesterday I returned from SVP in Berlin to the news that my 3-year old, African Grey parrot, named Earl, had escaped from the woman who was boarding him on November 1st (eleven days ago). She had been lying to me the entire time that he was fine, “so that it wouldn’t ruin my trip.” I am distraught, and I am desperate, because he could be anywhere on the south-side of Chicago by now (he is fully flighted). He was last seen in Evergreen Park, IL. My only hope is that he flew to somebody for help, before a hawk or the cold got him.Please, if there is anyone you know that is a bird-watcher or who lives in the vicinity of Evergreen Park, please ask them to keep an eye open for Earl. If you know anybody in any ornithological societies as well, please let them know. Any sightings of a strange grey bird, with a bright red tail, a little bit larger in size than a pigeon, is a good sighting. I can’t do this alone and it all feels so hopeless right now.My sincerest gratitude,Justin