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Woman Seeking Lost Parrot That Speaks In Her Late Husband's Voice

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A San Juan Capistrano woman is asking for the public's help in finding her lost African gray parrot; it's not just a pet, the bird also speaks in her late husband's voice.

Karen McIntyre told CBS 2 that losing the bird is like losing a member of the family.

"My husband passed away three years ago, and he still uses my husband's voice to tell the dogs to be quiet, and he calls my son Patrick, or he calls my daughter Erin," she said. "He picks up the phone and makes telephone calls in my husband's voice."

October went missing on July 15. At first, McIntyre wasn't concerned because he's flown away before but always come back in the past. Now it's been more than a month and after searching online and posting signs all over the neighborhood, she's been unable to locate him.

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She first found the parrot 20 years ago; he was hiding under a car on her street, having flown away from his owners who lived about a half mile away. It took her three months to locate his owners. After he was returned, she asked them to keep her in mind if they ever needed a new home for him.

About a year later, the family obliged and sent October to live with them permanently. McIntyre says that her other bird, Pip, is also missing his friend.

If anyone has seen October, please email the McIntyres at


African gray parrots have red tail feathers. (Photo by Teiman/Shutterstock)