SAN MARCOS, Texas — Staff at Wonder World Cave & Park in San Marcos are searching for a missing macaw.
- Macaw stolen Saturday night
- Her name is Suzy
- Bird is 38 years old
The 38-year-old bird’s name is Suzy. She is a blue and gold macaw and has been with the park for more than 20 years. Suzy doesn’t fly.
On March 2, Suzy the prized macaw went missing from Wonder World. The staff believes Suzy was stolen after the park closed on Saturday, when someone broke the hinge off to her cage.
Stephen Manning has been a tour guide at Wonder World for a year. In no time at all, he formed a bond with the blue and gold macaw.
"I think the day before we found out she was missing I had took a video of myself with Suzy on my arm. So I was - I'm very, very, very, very shocked," Manning said.
Suzy was an icon for Wonder World. She would be the first one to greet you at the gate to start your day at the park.
"Once the guests are getting in, she'll move over to say hello. She's pretty good about being a very front and center part of Wonder World," Manning said. "Ever since I started working here she's been one of the biggest draws, for the kids especially."
Manning said he and the other staff members are scouring Craigslist to see if someone may be selling her.
"She's a valuable bird. Blue and gold macaws fetch a pretty nice penny and we imagine that's probably the main motive that they came in here with but hopefully we can catch them because of it," Manning said.
The San Marcos Police Department has launched an investigation into the disappearance. For now, the search continues for the stolen bird.
"I'm just really surprised at how seemingly non-caring these people were, because they just broke on through and just left the animals. They let them go and left the gate open," Manning said.
Manning said the public has come forward with support all over social media and in person when they're visiting the park.
"It's really really touching the amount of people in the community coming out to show that they're just as bummed as we are honestly," Manning said.
The park is asking for the public’s help in finding Suzy. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the park at 512-392-3760.
"She's the most popular one here," Manning said.
A $1,000 reward is being offered to help get Suzy home.