Birdnapped! Can you help find Alex, stolen parrot with serious medical condition?

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There has been a birdnapping on Bannock Street.

Carlos Botran was in a meeting on September 6 at PivotPoint, a web and graphic design business at 1150 Bannock Street, when he believes someone came through the front door and took Alex, a 25-year-old African Grey Parrot who lived at the office and has been in business partner Kody Simmons's family for years.

"We're his people," Simmons says. "I can't imagine how terrified he is."

Simmons's family adopted Alex from a shelter about 24 years ago. Alex had been caught in the wild and somehow ended up in New Orleans. He'd been neglected and as a result, he's never been able to fly. He also has a seizure disorder and has fallen off his perch in the past, causing him to break a wing or a bone.

Alex loves attention, Simmons says. "He's like any person you'd ever meet," he says. "He wants to be loved and cuddled." He's been known to ride around on his owners' shoulders and hang out with them on PivotPoint's stoop. The neighbors all know him, partly because he's so loud, Simmons says. Alex loves to whistle and his vocabulary includes such phrases as, "Come here," "I'm a good bird," and "What's your problem?"

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Birdnapped posters hang on PivotPoint's window.
Simmons and Botran don't have any solid leads on the birdnapper, though they do have a hunch. The day before Alex was taken, a young woman came to the office ostensibly selling Comcast upgrades. But when she noticed Alex, she stopped talking about Comcast and started asking questions about the bird. "She was very interested," Botran says.

Botran took a phone call in the middle of her visit and when he hung up, the woman told him that she'd talked to her boss and there were no updates she could offer PivotPoint after all. She departed soon afterward. She didn't leave a business card, and Botran only got her first name: Ariel. From the moment she walked in, he and Simmons sensed there was something weird about her; she wasn't dressed professionally, her hair was messy and she didn't have a badge identifying her as a Comcast saleswoman. "It was odd," Simmons says.

Continue reading for more on Alex's disappearance, plus more photos and videos.

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As a life-long bird person, I can certainly sympathize with Alex's people. The person who birdnapped him can have no way of knowing his special needs, or his physiological inability to fly. A bird is a lifetime commitment, since many parrots species live to be at least 80 years old. A story like this just breaks my heart. I hope Alex has a safe homecoming very, very soon!

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

It is cruel for anyone to steal anothers pet which are a part of our family. A pet in the wild (and one that can't fly) is not aware of all the dangers and if the animal needs a special diet it compuonds the issues. I hope the pet has climbed up in a safe place and is waiting the hear a friendly voice.

Kim Daub
Kim Daub

Jerks ... I hope he is found safe and unharmed.

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