City woman hold­ing out hope for miss­ing par­rot

Peitree went miss­ing near Spring Park Road area

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - THE GUARDIAN

A Char­lot­te­town woman is look­ing for any­one who has seen — or pos­si­bly heard — a small par­rot on the loose re­cently.

Molly Nielsen said she has posted miss­ing ads on­line, as well as con­tacted ra­dio sta­tions and the P.E.I. Hu­mane So­ci­ety about her pet, Peitree, af­ter he dis­ap­peared a month and a half ago near Spring Park Road.

The conure par­rot is about a year old with dark green feath­ers and an or­ange ID tag.

Peitree also has the dis­tin­guish­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of be­ing able to speak.

“He only knows one word, but he says it re­peat­edly. It’s his name, ‘Peitree’,” said Nielsen. “I wish I would have taught him his ad­dress in­stead look­ing back on it, but I never re­ally thought I’d lose him. The rea­son why I got him is be­cause they live so long.”

Conure par­rots are small- to medium-sized, bright, colour­ful birds with a life­span of up to 30 years.

Nielsen had hand-raised Peitree since pick­ing him up from a New Brunswick aviary last Fe­bru­ary.

“He was my best friend, we did ev­ery­thing to­gether,” said Nielsen. “He’d meet me at the door when I got home from work. It’s like a re­la­tion­ship you’d have with a very, very loyal dog.”

Nielsen said the bird wasn’t fully able to fly the day he went miss­ing be­cause his wings were re­cently clipped.

While she knows the par­rot wouldn’t have sur­vived the cold en­vi­ron­ment since Novem­ber, she’s hop­ing some­one may have taken him or seen him.

“He was very friendly, so if he was seen by some­body, he would have went with them,” said Nielsen. “Even if some­one told me ‘I found my cat at­tack­ing this bird and I cleaned him up,’ at least I’d have some clo­sure.”

Nielsen said she re­al­ized Peitree was miss­ing when re­turn­ing home from work one day.

While she would leave his cage open while at work, Nielsen said she was sur­prised to see her two large flem­ish rab­bits also out of their cage.

“I still have no idea how they got out, so ev­ery­thing runs through your mind,” she said. “At the time, I thought the bun­nies ate him, but that’s not pos­si­ble. Maybe the bun­nies scared him and he went out of the house some­how.”

Since then, Nielsen said she has “torn apart” her apart­ment, look­ing in ev­ery crevice and go­ing through ev­ery sce­nario.

She’s now hop­ing that some­one may have seen the bird since it went miss­ing or will be able to pro­vide an ex­pla­na­tion of what hap­pened.

“I’ve gone through ev­ery pos­si­bil­ity in my head and none of them are good,” she said. “I re­gret that I never locked him in the cage be­cause then I’d know where he’d be. I felt bad about lock­ing him in, though. I loved him so much I wanted him to have some free­dom.”

MOLLY NIELSEN/SPE­CIAL TO THE GUARDIAN

Char­lot­te­town res­i­dent Molly Nielsen is shown with her pet conure par­rot, Peitree, in a re­cent photo. Nielsen is spread­ing the word to see if any­one in Char­lot­te­town has seen the bird since late Novem­ber.

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