Polly Wanna $10K Reward? Find Franklin

After someone steals beloved parrot, NYC owners put up bounty
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2007 3:29 PM CST
An African Grey Parrot in a pet store bows its head for some affection.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – He answers to Franklin, talks with a Brooklyn accent, and does a mean impersonation of a truck backing up. Find the missing parrot and it's worth $10,000 to his distraught Manhattan owners. They put up the bounty when their beloved African grey was stolen from a pet boarding shop last week, the New York Post reports.

To owners Leigh Ann and Lee Frankel, it's no joke. "One of our most important family members is gone," says Leigh Ann, who's had the parrot 16 years. "Franklin is my child—every day he wakes up and says, 'Hi, mommy, how are ya?'" Franklin helped her through suicidal depression following a divorce, she says. “I thought he would be with me for the rest of my days.” (Read more birds stories.)