A HOLMFIRTH woman looking after her mother's pet macaw is appealing for help to track it down - after it flew away.
Tonya Delaney, of Choppards Farm, was looking after the exotic bird while her mother, Doreen Whiteley, is on holiday in Bridlington.
She has offered a £500 reward to anyone finding the 12-year-old parrot, adding: "My life won't be worth living if I don't get it back."
Tonya said: "It was perched on the wall outside my house.
"It normally just wanders up and down, but a horse went past and startled it and it flew off."
She added: "I don't particularly like the bird, but I look after it for my mum. If I don't get it back she's going to think I decided to get rid of it!"
Tonya said she had considered putting an appeal out on local radio - but was worried that her mum, who also lives in the Holmfirth area and is due back home next week, might hear it.
She said: "The bird has been hand-reared and my mum has had it since it was about 12 months old. It says quite a few words, but the most noticeable thing is that it has a high-pitched squawk."
The bird, which disappeared yesterday morning, is a firm favourite with youngsters at a Leeds college.
Alison Rogers, of Holmfirth pet grooming business Pretty Paws, regularly takes the bird to meet youngsters with learning difficulties at Park Lane College. She said: "They love him to bits. The students would be sad if anything happened to him."
Alison said: "We were out for hours looking for him yesterday. The bird is used to people, but it may be frightened. It will also be hungry and may be hanging around gardens hoping to get some food."
Anyone seeing the macaw can phone Tonya on 01484 680490 or 01274 474608.