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Wellesley on the lookout for missing parakeet

Posted by boston.com  August 23, 2013 12:40 PM

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Courtest of Sharon Dunbar
Tiki has been missing from her home since Saturday.

A missing Russian tortoise has been found in Wellesley, but the town's animal control officer says that a pet parakeet is still on the fly.

Owner Sharon Dunbar has seen Tiki, her yellow and green bird, flying around the Whiting Road and Park Avenue area, but the parakeet "is not ready to come down out of the trees yet," the animal control officer's website says.

Tiki has been missing from her home on Seaver Place since Saturday. The tiny bird flew out when a porch door was left open.

She is mostly bright yellow, with green markings on her underside. She also has a blue spot on the side of her face.

Dunbar said she noticed that Tiki was missing after returning home on Saturday. Though she has searched the neighborhood for the missing pet, following chirps she recognized as Tiki's, her efforts have been unsuccessful. She was last seen on Wednesday.

"They're small, and because of their coloring, people notice them," Wellesley animal control officer Sue Webb said. "The owner can hear her, they know the sound of their own bird."

In her efforts to locate Tiki and return her to safety, Dunbar said she even placed Tiki's companion bird, Kiri, on her porch in a cage. Parakeets often chirp to locate out-of-sight friends, but Kiri's calls got no response.

"I always tell people, whatever species it is, to let animal animal control know because there's someone out there looking for it," Webb said.

While such exotic species aren't the norm, Webb said that cats are often reported missing in August. Some get locked in garages when families leave for vacations, while others are eaten by wild animals, including coyotes and fishers.

If you see the bird in the Seaver Place area, please contact Dunbar immediately at 617-584-4391. If Tiki is on the ground, she can be caught if approached carefully.

Shandana Mufti can be reached at malika.mufti@globe.com.

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