The owner of a pair of beloved parrots is offering a reward for their safe return after he says someone broke into their Kendall home and stole the family’s pets.
Luis Gomez, parrot owner and relative of an NBC6 employee, is heartbroken.
Gomez described pets as members of the family.
“It’s very sad. I don’t like to think about it too much. I just hope they’re in safe hands. They’ve been part of our family for a long time. And my kids play with them. They’re on our countertop. We feed them orange juice, bananas.” , everything they love,” he shared.
The stolen parrots are a chestnut-feathered macaw named “Loka” and a blue-and-gold macaw named “Manu”, named after the Manu National Park in the Amazon rainforest.
Loka and Manu
Gomez says they were taken from an enclosure at the Kendall family’s home on Southwest 127th Avenue on Monday afternoon.
“We have no idea who it could be. These animals are big animals. They weigh a lot, and if you hold them on your hand, their claws are very sharp. They are big animals. So we think that the person who did this is experienced And they treat these animals day in and day out,” Gomez said, adding to the mystique.
While these birds can potentially be worth thousands of dollars in stores or on the black market, Gomez emphasizes that they are priceless to his family.
They are offering a $5,000 reward for the safe return of the parrots.
“At the end of the day, we want animals back more than anything. That’s the most important thing,” Gomez said.
The Miami-Dade Police Department is currently investigating the case.
Anyone with information is asked to respond.