A sign on Pedro's empty cage at Garden Mania asks for information about his whereabouts.
A sign on Pedro's empty cage at Garden Mania asks for information about his whereabouts. Coffs Coast Advocate

Cockatoo may have been kidnapped

THE Coffs Coast Advocate believes Pedro the cockatoo may have been forcibly re-homed after an anonymous letter was delivered to the paper's office last week.

The letter claimed that Pedro, the social and talkative 70-year-old cockatoo stolen from Garden Mania nursery on March 26, had been 'rescued from his prison like existence' which had provoked several complaints.

The letter said Pedro would now live out the rest of his life, which could be another 30 years, in a very large aviary with the company of other cockatoos.

“He will never be able to fly due to his incarceration, but will now walk on earth and grass and not a wooden stick, pecking around for food and climbing trees,” the letter said.

The writer said keeping birds in cages was 'a crime' a point of view which ironically is shared by Pedro's owner, Garden Mania principal, Prue Young.

Mrs Young says it is no excuse for another crime - stealing someone else's pet they are emotionally attached to.

“I hate seeing birds in cages,” Mrs Young said.

“But we couldn't let Pedro out because he was 45 years old when we got him and couldn't be rehabilitated.”

She said the RSPCA had inspected and approved Pedro's condition and accommodation.

She acquired Pedro after his elderly previous owner died and the bird has become widely popular for his antics, his character and his ample vocabulary.

“He had always been hand fed and he has no concept of danger - he thinks all other animals like cats and dogs are his friends - he would never have survived outside,” Mrs Young said.

“We kept him in a mobile cage so we could move him around to different places, which we could not have done with a big aviary. He got lots of stimulation. We didn't let him out at the nursery because of the dangers but we let him out at home.”



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