Capitola police want to know who left a red parrot in the Trader Joe's parking lot last week.
The man pulled up in a brown van to the parking lot on Clares St. in the afternoon on May 15, and put the Macaw on top of the shopping carts in front of the store, then drove away.
Witnesses called 911 and police were able to get it to come to one with a large glove. The bird was taken to Native Animal Rescue on 17th Ave in Live Oak. Later, the bird was transfered to For the Birds, a San Jose avian veterinary hospital.
The red parrot was not in good shape. Experts said it was thin, dirty and only about 40 years old, or mid-life.
It also had signs of abuse, scrapes on its face and feet and gum stuck in its feathers.