Peoria, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Anybody missing their pet pigeon who flew away wearing a rhinestone vest?
That's a question on Judy Kieran's mind lately.
Kieran is the founder of the nonprofit Fallen Feathers, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility and exotic bird rescue located in Northwest Phoenix.
One of the newest guests at Kieran's facility is a dashing figure of a bird. This pigeon sports a vest decked out with rhinestones.
Likely someone's pet, Kieran is searching for the stylish bird's rightful owner.
"Is he Liberace or the Rhinestone Cowboy? I haven't figure that one out yet," Kieran said with a laugh. "It was more hysterical than anything."
Kieran has rescued thousands of birds over the last 20 years, but this is the first time she has seen one come in wearing an outfit.
A Glendale woman found him, dressed in his decorative vest, on her back patio near 61st Ave. and Bell in Glendale.
The woman said he wouldn't fly away and was afraid an animal would eat him, so she turned in the bedazzled bird to Kieran's rescue this past Sunday.
"He was in her back patio and he kept coming up to the sliding back door and looking like he wanted to come in," said Kieran.
She's convinced the pigeon is someone's pet and not wild.
One of the clues is in the vest itself, which also serves a more practical pigeon parent purpose. It catches and holds bird droppings so it doesn't get all over you or your house.
"It's something somebody actually purchased for him, because it has a label in it," Kieran said.
"Apparently he did belong to somebody, because he does keep going to cages and being as friendly as he is, he's missing his home," said Kieran.
He also perches comfortably on her shoulder which is something wild birds won't normally do. He also doesn't try to fly towards windows.
She hopes the owner sees this story and contacts her. If you know this bird's owner please contact Kieran through her website found here.