Albuquerque man searches for missing parrot | KOB 4

Albuquerque man searches for missing parrot

Colton Shone
Updated: May 22, 2020 10:33 PM
Created: May 21, 2020 12:44 PM

UPDATE: KOB 4 was informed Friday that Tuttu was found, and is back home. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque man is missing part of his family tonight. Description? He speaks Spanish and Farsi. He's gone grey and he can fly. 

Tuttu is an African Grey Parrot and he's described as having a big personality.

"He knows all the way we speak, he pretend answers the phone as half of us," said owner Brian Cox.

Tuttu has been with the family for over a decade and recently got out of the house. His owner is asking folks to be on the lookout for a multi-lingual parrot soaring over Albuquerque.

"He speaks Spanish, my mother-in-law is from Columbia. He also speaks Farsi, my father-in-law is from Iran. He'll dance to Spanish songs," said Cox.

Cox says Tutu has been spotted flying around his neighborhood near UNM Hospital. They almost got him back this morning.

"A neighbor about a block away found him in their backyard in their tree and we went to him this morning. Just as we were transferring him out of the tree he freaked out, jumped off and flew off again. So I think he knows he's close to home. We've been walking around talking to him trying to get him to come back," he said.

He says the family is getting nervous and they hope Tutu comes home before anything bad happens.

"So people describe African Greys as they're about as smart as a 4-year-old. So you think, you know if you're 4-year-old was walking around what would you worry it would do? Maybe eat something it doesn't know or get hurt by something because it doesn't know it was in danger," he said.

If you've seen the parrot, you can call Cox at (505) 440-4883.

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