Simon the Goffin cockatoo, Colorado pet store mascot, stolen over the weekend

Letitia Denham

DENVER – A Goffin’s cockatoo who’s been round longer than the category of 2023 was stolen from a Colorado pet retailer over the weekend.

The proprietor is now asking for the general public’s assist to convey her residence protected and sound.

Simon, a 31-year-old feminine Goffin’s cockatoo, has been greeting clients at Neptune’s Tropical Fish retailer in Highlands Ranch for 29 years, however her cheerful “Howdy!” to clients through the years was silenced late Friday night time. Two folks broke into the shop and left with the fowl and a roll of quarters at about 10:50 p.m.

“She’s our stress aid, she’s our little companion animal right here. For those who’re having a nasty day, you possibly can come over and pet Simon. She’ll offer you cuddles,” mentioned proprietor Sharon Sullivan, who was notified concerning the housebreaking within the early hours of Saturday. “She’s a really personable, interactive fowl.”

Surveillance video exterior of Neptune’s Tropical Fish retailer confirmed two folks exiting a black automobile and prying the entrance door open with a crowbar as one of many two suspects went straight for the money register.

“Sadly for them, I don’t go away money in my drawer. A roll of quarters is what they took out of the money register,” mentioned Sullivan, who added the burglars additionally broke by means of a few show instances earlier than turning round and grabbing Simon as they made their approach out the shop in lower than three minutes.

Simon is white (and petite for her selection) and has peach coloration round her beak in addition to some yellow within the again tail feather, Sullivan mentioned.

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Picture courtesy of Neptune’s Tropical Fish retailer

“She has a whole lot of worth to us, so we simply need our fowl again,” she mentioned. “No questions requested, simply convey her again to us.”

The suspect automobile is a four-door, newer mannequin black Hyundai Sonata, Sullivan mentioned. Surveillance video couldn’t clearly present a license plate quantity for the automobile.

The proprietor hopes that elevating consciousness of the fowl’s theft will convey it again.

“She’s received to be terrified ‘trigger she by no means leaves the shop,” Sullivan mentioned. “That is her residence and we’re her folks. That is the place she’s most comfy.”

Sullivan asks anybody who may even see Simon being offered on-line to please contact her or the Neptune’s employees at (303) 798-1776 or at [email protected].

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