Have you seen our Cocky?
By MEL MARTIN
THERE is no telling how long 47-year-old Cocky the galah had been plotting his escape with his wild galah friends.
But with Robin Scofield's deck too high for any human to reach, there is little doubt it was these cheeky friends who aided and abetted Cocky.
"Cocky loved the wild birds visiting every morning for a chat and a feed," Mrs Scofield said.
"But I think the other galahs probably picked at the catch to get the cage door opened."
Unfortunately, born and bred in captivity and unable to fly, Cocky's escape is more likely to have been a curse than a blessing, and Mrs Scofield is concerned about what might have happened to him.
"He couldn't survive in the wild. He would have fluttered down from the deck and could have walked or fluttered for some distance, hopefully not into the mouth of an interested dog or cat," she said.
"We are hoping that some kind person has saved Cocky and given him a safe home, but we miss him very much and would love to have him come home."
The biggest disappointment is for Mrs Scofield's two young grandsons who loved to visit Cocky. In fact, with galahs in captivity having a lifespan of 80 years, six-year-old Bailey was set to inherit Cocky.
The family have tried everything to find Cocky. They door-knocked the Shephards Lane area where they live, and advertised on the radio and in the Coffs Coast Advocate, but to no avail.
Cocky is easily recognisable. He has a deformed claw and an excellent vocabulary.
If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Robin Scofield on 6652 2270.