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Rare Parrots Decapitated in Colorado Backyard

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) -- Cherie Morales spent her 55th birthday on Sunday roaming the streets of her Colorado neighborhood, looking and listening for signs of her parrot, Matisse.

On Wednesday, the retired New York City cop returned home to find the door to her 12-by-16-foot aviary had been opened.

Once inside, Morales discovered a horrific scene: Five of her rare Greater Vasa parrots had been killed, three of them by decapitation.

“The three birds who were the sweetest of all of them had their heads ripped off from the neck,” she said.  “Their wings were pulled off.  These birds had been brutalized past that.”

David Lewis, who is Morales’ neighbor, helped her pick up the bodies.

“One of the first things I saw was a head of one of the birds lying on the ground and feathers everywhere,” he said.  “It was really gruesome … like the aftermath of a war scene.”

Two African gray parrots were in the aviary and unharmed, Morales said.  She said she believes someone deliberately targeted the Greater Vasas because everyone knew they were her favorites.

The surviving two Greater Vasas escaped, however one returned.

Matisse is still missing, but Morales said she has heard his bird call and believes he is still in the area.

“These birds are so easy, so trusting,” Morales said.  “I have always prided my house on being a sanctuary for whatever person or critter need to come in.”

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Man with Zebra, Parrot in Front Seat Charged with DUI

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DUBUQUE, Iowa) -- Police in Dubuque, Iowa, responded to an unusual call this week: reports of a zebra and a parrot in the front seat of a truck parked outside a bar. The striped animal and his fine feathered friend were there to keep their owner company, but weren’t allowed in the bar.

Jerald Reiter, 55, told police the zebra and maccaw parrot enjoy going for rides in his truck, so he brought them to the bar, which he says usually allows animals inside, ABC affiliate KCRG-TV reports.

When the motley crew got to the bar, they were told because food was being served, the animals wouldn’t be allowed inside. Bar owners told KCRG no animals are ever allowed inside.

When officers arrived on the scene, they stopped Reiter in the parking as he was driving his truck away. Field sobriety tests found he had a blood alcohol level of .14, nearly twice the legal limit, according to police.

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His girlfriend, Vickie Teters, told KCRB the animals are like their children, and do everything with them.

“They love going for rides. They’re just a part of the family,” Teters said. “They were not left alone in the car, not even a second.”

Reiter also disputes the drunk driving charge, saying he realized he was too drunk to drive, and was about to let a passenger take the wheel when he was arrested.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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