Gloucester woman's heart attack after talking parrot stolen
LOIS White suffered a heart attack when she discovered her beloved talking parrot Jasper had been stolen.
The 61-year-old NHS worker returned to her Hanman Road home from her shift on Wednesday last week to find her pet had been pinched.
She said: "I am absolutely devastated. He means the world to me.
"It is just so quiet here now without him."
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Jasper is a six-year-old African grey parrot with a distinctive red tail who can talk, say nursery rhymes, whistle and even sing.
"He can say all sorts of things," said Mrs White, who suffered a mild heart attack when she realised her companion was gone, but is now making a full recovery. He says 'do you want to come out to play then' and 'do you want a cup of tea', he never stops.
"Jasper is very nervous around people so I used to say to him 'It's only mummy' before entering the room where his cage is just to warn him I was coming in.
"I know he is a bird and he only says what I have taught him, but it is like having someone else here to talk to when he was here – like another little being."
Mrs White has owned Jasper since he was hatched and he cost more than £600. Due to his ability to talk, it is believed his value now could be around £1,000.
Police believe it was a targeted theft as laptops, televisions, and money were all left untouched in the house. Only Jasper and his blanket were taken.
Mrs White's daughter Danielle Isaac said: "My mum is totally gutted, she loved that bird."
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting incident number 326 of September 12.
Have you seen Jasper? E-mail citizen.news@glos media.co.uk