Clare (34) and Shane Fowler (52) are pleading with the public for help to bring their beloved Theia back home.
Speaking to YOU magazine from their home in Krugersdorp, Clare described the special kind of bird Theia is and why she means so much to her family.
“I’ve always been the ‘second female’ in Shane’s life since we met 12 years ago. Theia has always been Shane's first love, and I'm okay with that,” said Clare.
“Theia isn’t just another African grey Parrot, she’s been in our family for more than 20 years and we’ve grown really attached to her.”
On 17 June Clare’s mother had a heart attack that led to her untimely passing. But Theia, whose been described as an incredible mimic, would still bring joy amid their pain.
“My mother’s passing really hit us hard. Theia would mimic her voice so perfectly even before she passed, we thought it was really her. My mom loved her so much,” Clare said.
“Theia is also such a humorous bird with excellent vocal range, but she’s also quite shy. Her favourite phrases are, ‘come girls, scratch [the Fowlers have two female dogs],’ ‘dance’, ‘boo-boos’ and ‘stop it’. And she enjoys making other animal sounds.”
In 2011, Clare decided to get another African grey Parrot, Loki. “When I got Loki, I truly understood the bond between an African grey and its owner,” she said.
On 27 June, she and Shane went to visit family and left the two birds on their porch in their cages. But when they returned, Theia’s cage was empty.
“They really love the sun and enjoy being outside. On that day, because of everything that’s happened, I forgot to put them inside before my husband and I left the house,” Clare said.
“When we got home we found our gate half-open and Theia’s cage missing. Theia and Shane are inseparable and the look on his face when he realised that she was missing was shattering.
“There was nothing they wouldn’t do together. She loves kisses from Shane – she’ll actually cuddle into him and he must hold her like a baby.”
An emotionally distraught Shane described some of his beloved Theia’s qualities.
“She loves it when I check under her wings to see if she’s hiding
something from me. She dances and when I wave my hands up and down, she
mockingly does the same thing with her wings,” he said.
“She’s sassy and gorgeous with well-kept feathers. But she also hates her parrot tonic and vitamins, we really have to bluff her for that!
“We’re pleading to anyone out there who’s seen or heard anything about her to please get in contact with us, we really miss her and need her back.”
Clare and Shane have reported Theia missing and were also informed by neighbours about a white bakkie that pulled up to their driveway on the day of the incident.
But they still haven’t received any word about Theia’s disappearance, Clare said.
“We’re offering a reward for her safe return. Please, I’m asking everyone to help us bring her home,” she added.
“Thank you for all the love and support we received, already.”
She also thanked Allen Meiring who’s behind the Help Bring Einstein Home page on Facebook, where people can post any information they may have about the missing parrot.
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