Have you seen our singing mate?
IT'S not your average bird that can sing La Cucaracha and the French national anthem but Buster, the singing cockatiel, is not your average pet.
And now, sadly, he has gone missing.
Until last week he was the much-loved pet of the Commandeur family in Woolgoolga.
While they were cleaning his cage last Saturday, it was accidentally dropped and Buster took fright and flew off.
Buster's mate, Speckle, was also in the cage and flew straight to the family so they were able to save him immediately.
Since Buster's escape the family has frantically been searching for him.
They have put signs up around Woolgoolga and an advertisement in the local newspaper.
WIRES rang them up at the weekend after a lost cockatiel had been caught in the area that had obviously been hand-raised... but it wasn't Buster.
The family has decided to keep him and have given a donation to the organisation, but Zippy, the new pet is no Buster and they are still hopeful that he will turn up.
So if you find a cockatiel that can whistle a mean tune and likes to sit on your head, phone Sunny and Marlay because it sounds like it could be Buster.
- The family is offering a finder's reward. Phone 6654 0172 or 0434 913 027.