Portland parakeet reunited with worried owners

Portland parakeet reunited with worried owners

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on August 22, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 22 at 4:01 PM

PORTLAND -- A pet bird that was reportedly stolen from an east Portland home was reunited with his  owners Thursday afternoon, police said.

The bird's owners said "Josey," a 5-year-old talking parakeet, was in his cage outside their home when he was stolen Tuesday, according to Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson.

On Thursday morning, a woman brought Josey to the Gresham Police Department and said she rescued the bird from a homeless man.  She said the man told her the bird was a parrot and he wanted to release it into the wild. When she questioned him further, the bird cage fell off his shopping cart and he ran away, according to detective John Rasmussen with the Gresham Police Department.

Josey appeared to be unharmed but very tired and hungry. Rasmussen said his cage contained several candy bar wrappers, causing concern for the bird's health and well-being.

"Deputy Chief Dale Cummins donated money for bird food so Josey could receive appropriate nutrition. Josey immediately began to eat and was reunited with his owner later in the morning," Rasmussen said.

Anyone with additional information that may help investigators was asked to call the Gresham Police Department or Portland police. The Gresham Police tip line is 503.618.2719 (local) or 1.888.989.3505 (out of area).

No word on whether anyone will face charges in Josey's disappearance.

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