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Owners searching for missing parrot in University Heights

Posted at 1:30 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 23:51:59-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Several University Heights residents are searching for a parrot they say flew out of their home and hasn’t been seen since.

According to the owners, the 18-year-old parrot named Lily flew out of their home on Rhode Island Street on January 7.

According to a Lily’s owners, the bird can fly but isn’t used to it. The parrot has a blue chest and head and the rest of her body is green.

The search is becoming more and more dire, according to Lily’s owners. "It really feels very impossible,” said Mary Beth Cruden.

On top of Lily not having food and water, nights have been cold across the county. "Really devastated about it. I loved the bird, the bird loved me,” William Smith told 10News.

Lily’s empty cage now sits at the end of the driveway. Bird experts say if she smells something familiar she may come home.

The family is hoping someone spots their beloved pet. "I would expect her to come walking up that street on her little two feet, she's practically a human being,” Smith said.

Smith says if you spot Lily on the ground, hold your fingers close to her chest and she should hop on. Then hold on tight.

The pair is offering a $500 reward to anyone who returns Lily.