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A busy holiday led to heartbreak for staff at a south Winnipeg pet store last month, after a thief pocketed a beloved parrot.
On Christmas Eve, staff at the Petland outlet on Kenaston Boulevard were juggling a busy day when they noticed one of the store's favourite parrots, a young white-bellied caique named Peachy, was missing from its enclosure.
"Sometimes, some of our pet counsellors will grab a bird and walk around the store with it, so we figured that's what was going on," said Candace Barkman, an assistant manager at the store.
"When we realized it wasn't, we started to panic... 'what happened to this bird?' "
A quick review of security-camera tape told the tale. That afternoon, a man with a baseball cap pulled low over his eyes walked into the store. He milled about the small-animal section for a while and visited with Peachy and a sun conure in the same enclosure. When the amiable avian hopped onto his finger, the man quickly slipped the small parrot into his pocket and left the store.
Staff filed a report with police, but have not been able to track down the suspect. The incident could speak to a disturbing trend: Only a week earlier, a female suspect had swiped another parrot at the Petland location on Pembina Highway. It's not known if the bird thefts are linked.
Barkman checks Kijiji and the Free Press online classifieds every day in case Peachy pops up for sale. "We're very sad, because to the person who stole him, it's just potential money in his pocket," she said. "But we really bond with (the animals) and it breaks our hearts."
Anyone with information can contact any Petland store or police. If the person who swiped the bird had a change of heart, Petland stores would welcome Peachy back at any time. "We're all very attached to him," Barkman said.
Melissa Martin reports and opines for the Winnipeg Free Press.