The bond we can develop with our pets grows stronger over time and is unbreakable. Separating ourselves from them or facing their loss can be a great challenge.
As happened to Minerva Castellano in Córdoba, Colombia, a 102-year-old grandmother who begs for help to recover her beloved pet, a parrot named Vitricio who has been with her for five decades.
The parrot represents for her the best memory of her deceased husband, her family is dedicated to taking care of him and offering him their love.
It is a specimen of a yellow moña parrot that belonged to Miguel del Toro, Minerva’s husband, who died more than 10 years ago.
Since the parrot arrived at Minerva’s house in 1970, he became her best friend, he has seen the birth of dozens of children and almost fifty grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Minerva.
Vitricio always brightened the days of the family, especially singing emblematic vallenato songs.
Eliana Guerrero, Minerva’s granddaughter, told a local media outlet that the parrot was having problems with one of its wings, so she transferred it to the city of Montería to receive medical attention.
“On November 2, the day Vitricio was taken from us, I arrived at the Montería Transport Terminal and was immediately approached by the Environmental Police. They told me they were going to take the parrot from me because that was species trafficking; I explained to them that this parrot had been with the family for 50 years, but they ignored me ”, she stressed.
Despite the fact that Minerva cannot take care of the parrot because of her age and her granddaughter is the one who takes care of him, she is suffering a lot from his absence.
His granddaughter said that she asks for him at all hours and claims that “he has not visited her again.
In a video that the family broadcast on the networks, Minerva is seen calling Vitricio to offer him a banana, when she sees that he does not go to enjoy the food that she likes so much, she reacts moved.
“The parrot is very fond of me and he does not eat unless we are together, so I fear he may die. We didn’t want to tell my grandmother either, because she can get sick “, Eliana said.
The family alleges that they are aware of the importance of caring for the planet and preserving species, Eliana said that they know that it is not allowed to have wild animals at home, but explained that Vitricio has never been caged.
“It has always been free,” she commented that the parrot has always been in the courtyard of the house.
Eliana said that the parrot has been part of her family since before the legislation regulated the keeping of these animals at home. All they want is for the police to be sensitized to their grandmother’s situation.
Although some say that no one should have a captive parrot in their home, the parrot remained free moving around in the house and for a long time, it was used to receiving the love and protection of all members of the family.
It is worrying to know in what state it will be in the hands of the authorities, the story has shocked thousands of people. Share it.