Warren family searching for missing pet parrot

Posted at 10:59 AM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 20:57:13-04

A Warren family is searching for the pet parrot they say went missing Wednesday evening. 

The owner says around 9:30 p.m. their "12-year-old African grey parrot was spooked by something and flew away."

The parrot's name is Buoy. The family says their daughter believes she saw Buoy on Snapchat Thursday morning. 

“Something is going to get him, a hawk or he is going to starve.”

Wally Dutz is concerned about his missing pet bird ‘Buoy.’

The 12-year-old Timneh African Grey parrot has lived as an indoor pet his whole life.

Wally bought him in 2007 for $1,400.

“They have the intelligence of a 6-year-old. They can mimic a bunch of sounds. He loves to hear whistles. He doesn’t speak, but if you call his name Buoy, you might get something out of him.”

Wednesday night, Wally took him outside to get some fresh air.

Wally says he’s never seen Buoy fly farther than a few feet.

When the family was ready to go in, a loud noise spooked the bird, and he took off in flight.

“I was thinking; I should really take him in,” he said. “I don’t know if it was a car door that slammed.”

Buoy flew into the neighbor's tree, and at that time the sun started to go down.

Wally and his neighbor spent hours overnight trying to find Buoy using flashlights, but by Thursday morning there is no sign of him.

They are hoping folks will keep an eye out for him in the area of 12 Mile and Schoenherr in Warren.

“He is a friendly bird. Obviously, he is scared, but if somebody does see him, if they approach him slowly and just reach down and stick their finger out, he should just get right on their finger.”

Anyone who may have seen the parrot should contact the family at (586) 634-2910.