NEWS

Up To 15 Winnipeggers Claim Lost Budgie Is Theirs

01/04/2016 09:19 EST | Updated 01/04/2017 05:12 EST
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Budgie in a cage
WINNIPEG — A budgie that was once lost has now found himself with a long list of possible owners.

On Monday, Avian Welfare Canada said between 12 and 15 people have already come forward claiming to have lost the budgie.

The little bird, now named MacGyvor, was first spotted by a woman in the Southland Park area of Winnipeg in November. After a couple of different tries, he was safely captured at a nearby home on New Year's Day.

Melanie Shura, Avian Welfare Canada president, said the bird must have been living in the wild for close to 11 weeks.

Shura is now taking care of the budgie and monitoring his health.

“This is going to be the challenge…to try and figure out who his original owner was."

In his time away, MacGyvor has become chattier; Shura said he even “speaks sparrow” after living with a group of them.

Now that the budgie is back, many people have come forward claiming to be MacGyvor's owner.

“I have had six people contact me and I had a phone call from the humane society and from other agencies as well that have handfuls of people who claim this is their budgie,” said Shura.

“This is going to be the challenge…to try and figure out who his original owner was."

The Winnipeg Humane Society said last year it received four reports of missing birds that were all reunited with their owners.

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