SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A San Jose woman went on the search of her life after her beloved and ultra-rare exotic bird, Blu, went missing after a routine grooming.
For 12 hours a day, in the dreary on-and-off rain, Jessica Hagan and her friend Sarah scoured the streets of San Jose. They posted flyers and called out to the bird.
"Blu! Come on Blu! Blue come on! Come on Blu, let's go!"
The duo were looking for Blu, a rare 3-year-old Hyacinth Macaw. The bird was a gift from Jessica's boyfriend, Blu is a parrot she calls her "dream bird."
"He's actually the best thing that's ever happened to me," said Jessica, with tears in her eyes.
These stunning blue parrots are endangered in the wild and so sought after, can be valued at upwards of $15,000. For Jessica, losing Blu during a wing and nail trim was more than she and her family could bear.
"There's no value for him. He's irreplaceable," said Jessica as she shook her head sadly.
The grooming was to take place at Andy's Pet store, a place where Jessica has been coming for years with other pets. Ironically, Blu's scheduled wing trim was to prevent him from flying away. But as the groomer carried the majestic creature through a plastic partition, Blu got spooked and flew out the back door.
"I feel horrible. Just so horrible," says Anbolin "Zoe" Zamora, who works at Andy's and was caring for Blu. "...like, I was about to puke, my heart dropped."
While Anbolin admits things could have been handled differently, she and Jessica have been friends for years-and mutually acknowledge the mistake.
"People are always going to blame somebody," she said.
There were fears Blu would show up on the bird black market, resold to a pet store or on a third-party website like Craigslist.
But in a twist of fate, out of the blue --pun intended-- Jessica had some good news. Blu had been spotted at a nearby apartment complex. A bit weary and shaken but on the mend and back where he belongs.
San Jose woman goes on search of her life after ultra rare blue macaw goes missing