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Pet owner offering reward for $6k cockatoo stolen from Austin pet store

A $6,000 cockatoo named Lemon Grab was stolen from a pet store Sunday afternoon, owner Kelsey Fernandez said. (Kelsey Fernandez)

A big-money bird has been stolen from a northwest Austin pet store.


Kelsey Fernandez, the owner of a $6,000 sulphur and citron-crested cockatoo named Lemon Grab, said the emotional support animal was taken from the Gallery of Pets store, around closing time on Sunday.

"I've struggled with mental illness my entire life, and ever since I got him I've been doing so much better," Fernandez told Austonia.

The $6k cockatoo is young and will starve unless he is fed by hand, Fernandez said.

In a surveillance video, a man appears to have something under his shirt as he and two others exit the business around the same time the store believes that Lemon Grab was stolen.

Fernandez said a report has been filed with the Austin Police Department with an $1,000 reward for his return.

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