Owner scours the UAE for his chatty stolen par­rot

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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

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