Larry's Look | Stolen cockatoos find safe homes

Larry's Look | Stolen cockatoos find safe homes

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 15 at 9:32 AM

PINEVILLE, N.C. -- It was a big story last November, two cockatoos were stolen from Parrot University in Pineville.

Jasmine, a Moluccan cockatoo, was located in Winston-Salem in December. She had changed hands four times in about a month.

After tracking many leads, Emmy (an umbrella cockatoo), was finally returned.  She had been sold to a family in Georgia just before the end of the year.

This family had no idea the bird had been stolen.

Karen Justice, owner and founder of Parrot University and Companion Parrots Re-homed, and Debbie Foster, board member and trainer for the rescue, traveled to Newnan, Georgia to identify Emmy and bring her home. 

Staff at the Newnan County Sheriff's Office were satisfied that Emmy belonged to CPR after she performed several tricks, such as the wave, the high four, the turn-around and a dollar bill retrieve.

The great news is that both cockatoos have homes. This morning on Larry's Look, Karen and Debbie joined us in the studio---along with Jasmine and Emmy.

The two beautiful birds were perfect ladies, although they were a little sleepy for 6:40 in the morning!

Karen and Debbie talked about the major responsibility of owning a parrot. Parrots are intelligent and complex creatures with a variety of needs.

Those needs have to be met so the birds can be successful members of their human home.

At Parrot University the focus is education of owners and potential owners in companion parrot care and behavior.

For more details, go to: www.parrotu.com.
 

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