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Authorities Tuesday sought the public’s help in tracking down a macaw stolen from a cage at the home of the bird’s owner in East Los Angeles.

Mickey, a 28-year-old miligold macaw, was heard screeching loudly when its owner saw a man in his mid 20s taking the bird from the cage at a home in the 4600 block of Michigan Avenue around 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said.

Maria Chavez told Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies that she confronted the thief, but he left the property with the bird in hand, Navarro- Suarez said.

At 28, Mickey is in the prime of life. The website says the species can reach 60 to 85 years of age. It says the miligold macaw is a hybrid resulting from a cross between the military macaw and the blue and gold macaw. says it sells week-old miligold macaws for $865, or $1,045 at five weeks, a rate of appreciation that, conceivably, could make a 28- year-old miligold worth tens of thousands of dollars

Navarro-Suarez said Chavez was “very distraught” at Mickey’s disappearance as she regards him as a family member.

Anyone with information on the theft is urged to call Det. Sanchez at the sheriff’s department’s East L.A. Station at (323) 264-4151. To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

—City News Service

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