Aero, an African grey service parrot, has flown away into the night sky in Marina del Rey after someone spooked him, leaving his owners desperate to find him Wednesday.
Aero and his owners, Deven and Bree Chierighino, took the bird, measuring 12-15 inches from head to tail, to visit the behemoth shuttle tank that arrived in Marina del Rey and is to make its way to the California Science Center.
Aero met our photographer Sean Browning and snapped some memorable photos around 10 p.m.
But then, Browning received a distraught text message from Chierighino. Someone spooked the parrot unintentionally and he flew off.
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Chierighino said Aero has helped her through a horrible work accident which required her to get spinal surgery. She says she depends on him for pain management.
"It's killing me," Chierighino said. "I don't know how to function without him."
She said she won't rest until he is found.
She said Wednesday is also his "hatch day," and he turned 3 years old.
Aero is microchipped.
If you spot Aero, speak in soft tones or whistle, and he may respond better to a stranger.
Contact NBC4 if you spot the bird at (818) 684-4321.