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Heartbroken owners of a missing African grey parrot are appealing for his safe return and offering a $2,000 reward to anyone who has him.
Stomper Irene said her beloved bird, Max, got spooked and flew away at Block 110 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh on October 29, ar around 7pm.
The parrot, which is like a child to Irene, has a grey body and a red tail, with a leg ring and chain still attached to his feet.
Irene wrote: "My beloved Max,
"Where are you? How are you doing now?
"Papa and mama have been searching for you for weeks, since the day you flew away, and we have never stopped searching for you.
"Baby, can you please come back to us? Please forgive me, as I know that you are scared and confused in a foreign place. It is all my fault and I will never forgive myself.
"You are more than a pet to us, you are our baby and we miss you so much. I never knew I would fall in love with you but you really stole my heart.
"The house is so empty without you. We miss your affection, playfulness and mischief.
"We have really tried everything – for weeks, we walked the whole estate pasting posters day and night, shared posters repeatedly on every possible social media channel and page, contacted animal communicators, wrote to vet clinics as well as to all relevant authorities and organisations.
"We even went block-to-block and level-by-level because we wanted to get word out to people who may not have access to social media or gotten to see the posters. We have also approached strangers to share on their social accounts, hoping to reach more people.
"But why is there no news at all? There were many lost birds during the same period, but almost every owner has since reunited with their pets.
"We check our Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Telegram accounts every few minutes, and take every lead seriously.
"We really hope you are safe."
Irene said she has increased the reward from $500 to $1,000 and to the current $2,000 in hopes that someone will return Max.
She also posted an appeal on Facebook, in which she offered to get another African grey parrot for whoever has Max.
"Max is less than a year old and we had plans to celebrate his birthday in December," Irene wrote. "He is our baby and he recently learnt how to call 'papa'. It broke our hearts.
"His favourite foods are walnuts and grapes. Every night, he will play with his bell before he sleeps. Every weekend, we will bring him wherever we go and he always looks forward to his adventures.
"Please return him to us. To you, he may be just a bird, but for us, losing him is like losing a child. We have taken care of him like our child.
"His cage is empty and all his things are untouched. We are waiting for his return.
"Please please, can you return him back to us. I beg you."
Irene told Stomp: "We are disheartened and helpless at this point in time. We do not know what else we can do to have him back. My husband and I are now physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted.
"Please return Max to us. The reward will be given with no questions asked.
"MAX, WE HAVE LOVED YOU YOUR WHOLE LIFE AND WE WILL MISS YOU FOR THE REST OF OURS."
If you have any information about Max, kindly contact Stomp at firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp us at 9384 3761.