Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Famous Parrot Flies The Coop. Have You Seen Truman?

Truman, the famous parrot, has gone missing in New York
Have you seen the colorful, small-to-mid-sized Cape parrot pictured to the right?

Named Truman, this beloved parrot isn't your typical fly-by-night bird who shouts out random words and phrases. No, Truman is a true star who's touched the lives of thousands, performing a wide range of tricks in front of large audiences.

Some of the places were Truman has performed include:
  • America's Got Talent

  • The David Letterman Show

  • Steve Harvey Show

  • The Parrot Club, Connecticut

  • Parrot Wizard Bird Show & Seminar, Phoenix AZ

  • BBC

  • Japanese TV

  • and many more...

Truman's owner, 27-year-old Michael Sazhin, says the famous parrot flew the coop last month when the two were out for a walk around 16th Avenue and 75 Street in Dyker Heights. This wasn't the first time the duo had gone for walks, but for some reason Truman took off towards 16th Avenue, flying into the unknown where he hasn't been seen since.

Sazhin, whom works as a professional bird trainer, has been walking the streets, asking random people if they've seen his beloved parrot. Unfortunately, there's been no reported sightings of Truman, leaving Sazhnin to question his next move.
"I’ve been walking two days straight now. I haven’t slept and I can’t really eat. I could use all the help I can get," said Sazhin of his search for Truman. "I’ve done everything I can, made up fliers, posted on Facebook and the whole parrot community has been very helpful," he added.

Truman isn't a large parrot like most famous birds you see on television shows and performances. At just 350 grams, he's actually quite small -- comparable to the weight and size of a typical pigeon. Truman is a colorful Cape parrot, featuring a bold combination of white, gray, green, orange, blue and charcoal. His most distinguishable feature is his grayish-white head that rests atop a colorful body.

Sazhnin says that if you see Truman flying or walking the streets of Brooklyn, New York, you should give him some water and bread to keep him idle until Sazhnin reaches the location (see below for contact information).

Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Truman are urged to contact its owner, Sazhin, at (917) 318-6394 or by email at michael@trainedparrot.com. And in case you were wondering, there's a $1,000 reward being offered to anyone who can help reunite Sazhnin with his lost parrot.

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