Catherine Ross, NBC 5 News
Ruby the African Grey Parrot got loose on Monday, now her Frisco family has looked all over their Heritage Green neighborhood. Ruby doesn't fly well and may be hiding in bushes.
A Frisco family says it is frantic after losing its beloved and prized African Grey Parrot.
The parrot, Ruby, was swept away in the wind Monday after hopping outside to check on her owners in the driveway.
“She is like my child. In fact, she is my child,” said Gunjan Alang. “She completes our family.”
Ruby has been a part of the Alang family for two years and, in that time, has picked up phrases of English, Punjabi and Hindi.
Because she has lived her life in a domestic environment, she does not fly very well or very high. Ruby has been spotted over the past 48 hours in the family’s Heritage Green neighborhood in Frisco, but neighbors have been unable to catch her.
With temperatures dropping, they fear their tropical bird may not last much longer on her own and that she may be scared and cold, hiding in low-lying bushes.
“I cannot imagine a second without her,” said Alang. “My heart feels empty. My kids, my husband, have been devastated, the last two days. She gives us unconditional love.”
The family is asking anyone who finds Ruby to please lay out a sweatshirt or other blanket and coax her with seeds or nuts and contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.