Rare parrot stolen from Denver store
June 11, 2009
DENVER, Colorado –A rare baby bird was swiped from a Denver store on Tuesday and the bird’s owner is frantically trying to get her “Baby” back.
Linda Madone rescues and nurtures rare birds, including a pair of African grey Congo parrots, who after about 10 years accomplished the unexpected: They had a baby.
The hatchling is a rare feat for African greys in captivity, Madone said.
The parents, Sweetie and Scotty, who are about 20, nurtured Baby for about 8 weeks. Madone recently began feeding the young bird herself to make sure it would get used to people.
“I do this for the love of it, helping these birds,” said Madone, who currently has eight birds at home.
Madone, who works as a 911 operator for the Denver Police Department, was getting help raising Baby from her friend, Karen Goodman, who owns a Denver business, the African Grey Bird Store, at 974 S. Monaco St.
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Baby was at Goodman’s store about 1 p.m. Tuesday when someone stole the fledgling bird, which is worth about $1,500, Madone said.
“It’s so rare, they knew what they were going for,” Madone said. “They had to know.”
Baby was on a special diet and could be in peril if it doesn’t receive tender, necessary care, Madone said.
Madone is hoping Baby will be returned. It can be dropped off back at the store, no questions asked, Madone said.
Anyone with information on Baby could call Madone at 303 949-5507, or the Denver police at 720 913 2000.
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