Stolen cockatoo reunited with owner

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. – A woman in search of her stolen cockatoo breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday after the bird was returned.

Katie Aldrich and her cockatoo

Katie Aldrich and her cockatoo

Katie Aldrich of Temecula received a call around 11:30 p.m. Monday saying her white cockatoo had been located.

The tipster met up with Aldrich in Vista early Monday and reunited the bird with her.

Although Aldrich offered a $3,000 reward for the safe return of her cockatoo, the tipster only requested money to cover the cost of a bird cage purchased to house the animal.

According to Aldrich, she was smoking outside the Haunted Head, a pirate bar in Oceanside, on May 21 when a man in a red Ford F150 pulled up and grabbed the Salmon-crested cockatoo right off her shoulder. The man jumped into his truck and pulled away, she said.

No arrests were made.