22 Jul, 2019 @ 15:02
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PLEASE FIND EINSTEIN!: Expat pleads for help after 60-year-old talking parrot STOLEN from Costa Blanca restaurant

AN expat is pleading for help after a 60-year-old talking parrot was stolen from his restaurant on the Costa Blanca.

Thieves broke into the Tenere restaurant in Denia last week, trashing the cigarette machines, stealing the cameras and littering the floor with ‘clothes’ and ‘tablecloths’.

But the horror of the proprietors, beside the opened tills they found the door to their African grey parrot’s cage wide-open and Einstein – as he is known – vanished.

“Einstein has been in the owner’s care for 23 years after a previous owner fell ill and could not keep him anymore,” Michael Kosok, manager of the restaurant, told the Olive Press.

GONE: Einstein was a hit with Tenere’s customers

“He was an absolute favourite of Tenere’s customers.

“He could ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’, he could whistle, and even imitate dogs and cats.

“Who remembered everyone’s name – they’re all heartbroken he’s gone.”

Kosok, 49, from Germany, said the parrot was most likely stolen on a ‘whim’.

He pleaded for expats and locals alike to keep an eye out for the beloved parrot.

“Without papers it will be really hard to sell him legally,” Kosok added.

“If a parrot suddenly turns up at the house of someone you know, please ask where they got him from.”

HEARTBROKEN: Tenere’s Dutch owner, Michael, is an animal lover

The daughter of Tenere’s Dutch-owner, Dominik Katyana Scholte Breycha, said the money stolen could be recovered, but the parrot’s loss will leave an irreplaceable hole in the restaurant.

“How can you people be so inhuman and so insensitive?” she said.

“Was it not enough everything you had stolen? so you take our feathered friend?

“After so many years with Einstein, it will not be the same any more.

“We know that he won’t be happy anywhere else – because his home is with us!”

African grey parrots can have a life expectancy exceeding 80 years.

They are incredibly intelligent birds, and without constant attention can quickly become stressed and pluck out their feathers.

If you have any information on Einstein, please call the Olive Press on +34 951 273 575.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: joshua@theolivepress.es or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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