Military Macaws stolen straight out of Waianae back yard

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: May 08 2013 05:46:00 PM HST

A Waianae bird owner discovers two of her prized pets were stolen.

WAIANAE, Hawaii -

The green-feathered, red-striped, parrots are worth thousands, according to parrot enthusiasts. Barbara Ahsam and her husband used to have six Military Macaws, but now she only has four, thanks to thieves.  Their macaws, Jeckel and Baby, are now gone.  For Barbara, getting them back is not about money.

"I feel like I just had my children kidnapped, because I took care of them since they were pterodactyl babies and hand-fed them," said Ahsam.

The Ahsams said the thieves walked through the farm next door and cut two fences in order to steal Jeckel and Baby.

Barbara says crime rarely happens in her Waianae neighborhood. The Ahsams have been rescuing parrots for 10 years, and they've never had a break-in. They are convinced the crime was done by professionals, who had buyers ready. Since the birds are hard to capture.

"They are really loud, and these are a breeding pair, so they bite. They are not like the kind you put on your shoulder, these bite because they are wild birds," said Ahsam.

Ahsam said each parrot has its own facial feathers, like fingerprints. She can identify every one of her birds.

"I hope they take care of them, that's my main concern. I want someone to take care of these birds, they have my voice, they say 'hello', 'how's it', 'I love you,'" said Ahsam.

She doesn't want to press charges, she just wants her babies back. The Ahsams put up motion detectors and security cameras to try to prevent future break-ins. If you have any information on the parrots, they ask that you report it to police.

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