A DESPERATE appeal has been made to try to trace a stolen pet parrot.
Morpeth vet John Prescott and his family bought Robinson, a blue and gold macaw, 21 years ago when the bird was just a year old as his previous owner could no longer care for him.
Since then Robinson has established himself as a favourite family pet, ruling the roost at the Prescotts’ Longhorsley farmstead.
But the beloved bird was cruelly snatched from his aviary when thieves broke into the premises last Wednesday, and there has been no sign of him since.
“We have quite a few birds, but Robinson was the only real pet and was the only one we had in the house,” said Mr Prescott.
“He is a family pet, like a dog, except even more so because we have had him for so long. He has been in the family for more than 20 years.
“My children are married and left home now, but they always see him when they come back.
“He walks around the house quite happily, pushing the dogs out of the way when he wants to go somewhere. He talks a bit, but that is neither here nor there, and he has his likes and dislikes. These birds do get attached to certain people and he would certainly be stressed by being put in a coat and run away with by a stranger.”
The theft took place between 12.15pm and 12.30pm on Wednesday, October 19.
Four people, two men and two women, drove into the farmyard in a silver car, parked up, walked across the yard and broke into the aviary to steal Robinson, before making off.
The thieves were caught on CCTV as they drove into the yard and made their way to the aviary.
“These people had to know what they were going for because the aviary wasn’t visible from the road or anywhere else round about,” said Mr Prescott.
“I had been at work at the surgery and came home and put Robinson out shortly after 11am. I went round the farm, feeding the sheep and other livestock, came back and had lunch and knew Robinson was still there shortly after 12, but we found he was missing by 12.45pm.”
The family are concerned for the welfare of the bird, which needs special handling by someone familiar with his needs.
“Macaws are very susceptible to colds and damp and there will be deficiencies in their diet if they are just fed on parrot mix and nothing else,” said Mr Prescott.
“They like vegetables more than fruit, and apart from that they need a little bit of meat and marrow.
“We are concerned about Robinson being cared for properly.
“We are determined to find him, we are not going to let go of this.”
Police are investigating the incident and have appealed for information.
Acting Sergeant Andrea Teasdale, of Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The owners of the parrot are distraught as this is their family pet.
“They are concerned that if the bird is not looked after correctly then it could die and they want the parrot returned safely back to them.
“I’d urge anyone who saw two men and two women in the Longhorsley area on Wednesday lunchtime acting suspiciously, or perhaps saw a silver car in the area with four people, to contact us with any information they might have.
“I’d also ask that if anyone is offered the parrot for sale, or hears anything about a blue and gold Macaw parrot for sale, that you contact police.”
Anyone with information about the theft or the whereabouts of Robinson should contact police on 03456 043043, ext 69191, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.