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Family searches for pet parrot
'Angel' may have been resold at pet shop
APPLE VALLEY • A heartbroken family is asking for help after their exotic winged-friend flew out of their lives and possibly into the hands of another owner.
Lenor Soriano and her family are looking for their parrot, Angel, who flew out of the family’s Apple Valley garage on Nov. 4.
Since then, the Soriano’s have posted flyers and have searched online for their 16-year-old Congo African Grey parrot, which can count to five and utter “good morning.”
“He’s a family member,” said Soriano, who purchased and raised Angel from infancy from Magnolia’s Bird Farm in Riverside.
Recently, the family received an anonymous tip from a worker in a local pet store who recently bought an African Grey parrot from a seller that claimed it was theirs. But the good news quickly turned bad as the Soriano’s discovered that the pet shop had resold the bird.
When the family confronted the pet shop owner, they claimed that they hadn’t sold an African Grey in six months.
Soriano refused to disclose the name of the pet shop for fear of conflict, explaining that she “doesn’t want trouble, she just wants Angel.”
If a bird-lover did buy Angel, the Soriano’s family is willing to repay the purchaser of the parrot a full refund, and will give a monetary reward to anyone with information on the missing bird.
The parrot was last seen wearing a silver metal band on its left ankle.
For more information or to leave a tip, please call Lenor Soriano at (760) 508-4889.
— Staff writer Rene De La Cruz contributed to the story.
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