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Sneak thieves steal parrot from Blackburn home
THE devastated owners of a parrot believed to have been stolen from a house in Blackburn have pleaded for its safe return.
Sameer Ainarkar said he had and his wife Sobia had only left their home in Wensley Road for around half an hour when they returned to find the back door had been kicked in and their beloved pet was missing.
The 32-year-old said the pair were missing the six-year-old umbrella cockatoo, named Kiki, dreadfully.
He said: “It is like somebody has taken a child. He is a member of our family and I miss him.
“He even sleeps in bed with us and drinks hot water and tea.
”Kiki is attached to us.
“He is a real baby and likes to play.”
Mr Ainarkar said they had left the house at about 6.30pm on Saturday to pick up a friend when they believe the theft happened.
He said: “My wife came in and the parrot is usually sat on the window or on the lampshade, but he was not there.
“Sobia went running upstairs to look and I saw the kitchen back door open.
“I could see it had been kicked through.
“Kiki is very friendly and tame.
“He says hello and everyone who walks past says hello to him.
“He plays out with the kids in the garden.
“There are certain things we have to give him to eat and whoever has got him now might not know what to feed him.
“We do not know if he has gone to a good home and it is very worrying.”
Mr Ainarkar added that as well as the bird, which is estimated to be worth around £1,400, a television had also been taken during the burglary.
The couple’s other parrot, an African grey, was, however, left behind.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Police are investigating and anyone with any information should contact PC 3145 Kelly on 101.”
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