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Look, up in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Oh, it’s actually a bird!

If you see an African Grey Parrot near Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope over the next few days, don’t just mutter to yourself about the miracle of Mother Nature — call Lora Myers at once!

Myers’s 12-year-old pet — whom she has had since he was a little chick — flew away from her Prospect Place home on Thursday night and has not been seen since. He was last seen heading towards Flatbush Avenue.

“We are frantic,” Myers told us, tearing up. “Anything you can do to help is much appreciated. We’ve had him 12 years. This is my child!”

Myers described Gracie as a “strong flyer” who might not come if called.

“He has a limited vocabulary,” she said. “What he does most often is whistle. He’s almost a composer.”

The bird made its escape after Myers’s husband, Andrew Kolker, left their front door open when he took out the trash. Now the couples’ feathers are ruffled.

“It’s been horrible,” she said. “We didn’t sleep a wink. We went out canvasing all night. The parrot poeple I’ve talked to said he could survive for a few days if he finds food and water.”

Don’t bother calling the cops, Myers said; they’re not interested.

“You know what’s really annoying? I called the police station to ask if I could report it and they said they don’t do that. I find that outrageous.”

Anyone with information is asked to call (718) 638-1260.

Updated 4:25 pm, January 27, 2010: Updated with dramatic new details!
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Dave from Clinton Hill says:
I hope that you find him! I'm not that close to P Park but if I see him will most definitely report it.
Jan. 22, 2010, 5:50 pm
Lora from Park Slope says:
Thank you for your thoughts, Dave.
Jan. 23, 2010, 4:57 pm
Lora from Park Slope says:
The bird has been found! He's now safe and fast asleep at home. The 311 system works!
Jan. 24, 2010, 7:27 pm
Charles from Park Slope says:
Lora, Your story got my whole family involved and now you write "The bird has been found." without telling us the story.
Please tell it.
Jan. 24, 2010, 8:14 pm
Lora from Park Slope says:
I know the loss of a pet parrot is a small tragedy in the context of all that is going on in the world, but thank you all for your concern.

On Sunday around noon,a woman on Prospect Park West was watching television in her apartment, 12 stories up, when she spotted Gracie on her windowsill. He whistled at her. She enticed him inside with a piece of apple. Going online, she found a posting from another couple that had lost their African Grey a year ago. That couple immediately came to see if Gracie was their bird. Disappointed but ever the Good Samaritans, they got in touch with the Animal Care and Control center, which called me!

Sometimes the stars align for little miracles. We are very grateful to everybody who sent their thoughts our way.
Jan. 25, 2010, 9:55 am
Gersh says:
And here is our version of the story:
Jan. 25, 2010, 11:19 am

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