Josey the Parakeet Found Safe, Hungry for A Cracker
Josey, a $1,100 Derbyan parakeet stolen from a residence in southeast Portland on Tuesday, Aug. 20, has been reunited with his owner after being rescued from certain peril. No suspects have been identified and the case is still under investigation.
"Shelly," a woman visiting friends in Portland, encountered Josey Thursday morning, Aug. 22, at approximately 12:30 while driving in the area of S.E. 166th Ave. and S.E. Division St. A person she described as an older, African American man who appeared homeless, drew her attention because he was pushing a shopping cart down the sidewalk with a very large bird cage precariously perched on top. The metal cage is approximately five and a half feet tall and three and a half feet wide.
The unidentified man told Shelly the cage contained a parrot someone had given to him. He said he planned on keeping the cage but wanted to release the bird into the wild. While Shelly was telling him the bird should be brought to a shelter and not just released, the cage fell off the cart and landed on the sidewalk. As Shelly parked to help upright the cage, the man ran away. Shelly and a friend carried the cage to a nearby residence for the night. She brought Josey to the Gresham Police Department this morning at 8:45 a.m.where she learned the bird had been stolen earlier in the week.
Josey appeared to be unharmed but very tired and hungry. Multiple candy bar wrappers were lying in the bottom of the cage, causing concern for the bird's health and wellbeing. Deputy Chief Dale Cummins donated money for bird food so Josey could receive appropriate nutrition. Josey immediately began to eat and was reunited with his owner later in the morning.
Anyone with additional information about this case is encouraged to call the Gresham Police or Portland Police. The Gresham Police tip line is 503-618-2719 (local) or 1-888-989-3505 (out of area).