Lee Frankel is looking for this bird.
Lee Frankel is looking for this bird. BPP/NPR
Lee Frankel of New York City is offering $10,000 for the safe return of his African gray parrot.
Suspecting foul play, he papered his neighborhood with fliers seeking information about the missing bird. Franklin disappeared Wednesday from the place where he sometimes boards.
His owner suspects a birdnapping. There was no obvious way for him to escape on his own, especially since his wings were clipped. And because African grays are lifelong monogamists, the bird isn't likely to take off for another home. "Franklin is a companion," he says.
Among Franklin's identifying characteristics are his imitation of a cell phone ringing and his fire-engine-red tail feathers.
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