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28-year-old macaw taken from East L.A. home

EAST LOS ANGELES — Authorities here are seeking the public’s help in tracking down a macaw stolen from a cage at the home of the bird’s owner.

Mickey, a 28-year-old miligold macaw, was heard screeching loudly when its owner saw a man in his mid 20s taking the bird from the cage at a home in the 4600 block of Michigan Avenue around 10:40 a.m. May 14, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said.

Maria Chavez told Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies that she confronted the thief, but he left the property with the bird in hand, Navarro-Suarez said.

At 28, Mickey is in the prime of life. The wholesalebirdandcage.com website says the species can reach 60 to 85 years of age. It says the miligold macaw is a hybrid resulting from a cross between the military macaw and the blue and gold macaw.

Another website, Arizonaparrots.com, says it sells week-old miligold macaws for $865, or $1,045 at five weeks, a rate of appreciation that, conceivably, could make a 28-year-old miligold worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Navarro-Suarez said Chavez was “very distraught” at Mickey’s disappearance as she regards him as a family member.

Anyone with information on the theft is urged to call Det. Sanchez at the East L.A. Sheriff’s Station at (323) 264-4151. To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.