Com­mu­nity bands to­gether to find fam­ily pet

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

CAN­NON­VALE res­i­dent Craig Ver­rall is over­whelmed by the re­sponse he has re­ceived from the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity to help lo­cate his miss­ing par­rot.

Un­for­tu­nately, the pet is still miss­ing but Mr Ver­rall re­ceived more than 100 shares of his posts on lo­cal Face­book groups.

He also con­tacted lo­cal vets, pet shops, Fauna Res­cue Whit­sun­day As­so­ci­a­tion, the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil pound, RSPCA as well as par­ro­talert.com and other Eclec­tus and par­rot fo­rums.

“The Face­book support has been amaz­ing, his lost poster has been shared hun­dreds of times by my friends and car­ing strangers, Suz Crab­tree from lost pet co-or­di­na­tors has been post­ing no­tices via her page and many other lost/ found, pet and bird lover sites have also shared the poster,” he said.

Paco, the eclec­tus par­rot got star­tled and flew away on Tues­day Oc­to­ber 21.

Mr Ver­all said Paco’s wings aren’t clipped and he spends most of his day sit­ting on Mr Ver­rall’s shoul­der in his of- fice. Paco is a Pa­pua New Guinean va­ri­ety.

He warns pub­lic mem­bers to look out for a bright green par­rot with blue and red wings and a long curved yel­low beak, wear­ing a pur­ple flight har­ness.

“He does many tricks, says a few phrases, laughs, barks like a lit­tle dog, whis­tles for dogs but is pet­ri­fied of most dogs. He is very friendly and will come up to almost any­one, he’s not your reg­u­lar bird,” he said.

LOST BIRD: Paco eclec­tus par­rot.

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