Owner scours the UAE for his chatty stolen parrot
By Mahak Mannan If you hear a Congo African Grey parrot squawking a du mobile number or yelling ‘Vasanth’ then you might just be able to help a parrot owner to track down his stolen pet.
Vasanth Benjamin desperately hopes Sweetoo the talking parrot’s love of numbers and names may result in his rescue.
The 32-year-old marketing executive’s bird was stolen from outside his home in International City last weekend.
A security guard at his building witnessed the abduction. He said Sweetoo glided down from the fourth-floor balcony on July 23, only to be grabbed by two men standing near a black Toyota Yaris. The suspects bundled the bird into the car then drove off.
Indian-Canadian expat Benjamin said he is distraught at the incident and has spent the past 10 days searching pet markets in Dubai and Sharjah for Sweetoo, who is worth between Dhs3,000 and Dhs4,500.
He said: “I have spent days searching, but could not find her. Stolen birds who can speak well have become in demand in this country. Most of them end up in Sharjah animal and bird market.”
According to Benjamin, two men in a black Yaris drove away with his bird after she glided down four floors from his balcony in International City, phase two.
He added: “Every time she took a bath she went out on the balcony and that day she accidentally glided down, I ran down immediately and could not find her. I checked in every house in my building if she happened to reach another balcony but no one had seen her.
“Finally, the watchman said he saw two men driving off in a black Yaris with her, we also have the CCTV footage of it.”
According to the watchman, the two men just happened to be in the area. “Even though situations like these are rare, they do happen and if we had full CCTV set up around the building we could have easily identified the people,” he said.
Benjamin added: “She is as good as family to me.”
MISSING: Sweetoo the Congo African Grey with her owner Vasanth Benjamin