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Birdnapped! Can you help find Alex, stolen parrot with serious medical condition?

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A few other business owners in the area told Botran and Simmons they'd gotten visits from her, too. But when Botran inquired about her at the local Comcast office, he says he was told that they have no female employees named Ariel.

The next day, Botran was in a meeting when he heard Alex make a growling sound. Botran was in the next room with the door closed; Alex was also behind a closed door because he was being noisy. Botran noted that Alex rarely growls, but he didn't think much else of it. When his meeting ended, however, the bird was nowhere to be found. One of Alex's tail feathers was on the floor, Simmons says, its tip bloody.

Simmons and Botran have plastered the neighborhood with fliers, posted notices about Alex's disappearance on Craigslist, Facebook and Petfinder.com, and gotten the word out to local vets and bird supply stores. One of their friends is a tarot card reader and Simmons says he connected them with a pet psychic who told them he senses that Alex has escaped from his captors. "He feels he's out there, closer than we know," Simmons says.

But Simmons and Botran worry that Alex won't be able to survive in the wild alone. Because of his medical issues, he eats a special diet of scrambled eggs mixed with chopped kale and ground-up bird pellets. Alex also loves cheese, peanuts and fresh grapes -- but only if they're warm; he won't eat them right out of the refrigerator.

"He becomes part of your daily routine," Simmons says of Alex, who has lived at PivotPoint for the past two and a half years, ever since Simmons's mother moved out of state and couldn't take Alex with her. "It'd be like if one of us wasn't here anymore."

"When I'm here by myself, it's quiet," Botran says. "I miss him."

They've cleaned Alex's cage and laid fresh newspaper on the bottom in anticipation of his return. But, Simmons says, "every day it gets farther away, the chances are diminishing." Botran says his biggest worry is that Alex is hurt. "Is he alive and okay?" he says. "Is he alive and not okay? Is he alive and driving them nuts?"

Simmons and Botran are offering a reward for Alex's return, no questions asked. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Simmons at (303) 246-1821.

Continue reading for more photos and videos of Alex.
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