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Missing Therapy Bird Found

Karen Tyson Karen Tyson

By Stephen Florino

UPDATE -- A missing parrot has been found late Thursday.  Its owner called KHNL saying that all is well with Ziggy, an African gray parrot. 

MOILIILI (KHNL) -- It's a loss that's devastating to both the patients and therapists at a Moiliili clinic.

A member of their therapy family is missing and they want your help in finding him.

He's a four-month old African gray parrot who likes to play with lego and board game pieces. Some may say he is just a bird, but Ziggy has become a member of the family.

Meet Peach, the lovebird and Cuddles, the dog. They're a big part of the therapy team at the LD ADHD Center, which helps special needs children. Complete a task and earn some playtime.

"They'll come over here and play with Peach, or play with Cuddles," said Dr. Peggy Murphy-Hazzard.

But a member of the team is missing -- Ziggy, an African gray parrot.

"Part of the joy of coming here is playing with him and seeing the different things he's up to everyday," said Karen Tyson, therapist and Ziggy's owner.

"We're horribly distraught because he's become part of our family here," said Murphy-Hazzard.

Tuesday night, Ziggy got away from his owner's home in Mililani. Tyson has put up fliers and is getting calls, but so far, no luck.

"To lose him, is just devastating," said Tyson. "Devastating to the kids and to me."

But there is hope. Just two weeks ago, we aired a story about another missing therapy animal. Missy the chihuahua was reunited with her family a day after our story aired.

"I hoped for that family," said Tyson. "If I could have the same success I would be so thankful."

Ziggy's owner is especially worried because he is still being hand-fed. So he might not be able to survive on his own for long. If you've seen Ziggy, you're asked to contact the center.

Karen Tyson 228-6224  LD & ADHD Center 955-4775.

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