The yellow-winged Florida mascot of Cafe Frankie’s in Boynton Beach is expected to be back on his perch by noon.
BOYNTON BEACH — Nearly a week after he went missing, Frankie is back.
The owner of the pistachio-cracking, yellow-winged Amazon parrot says he found him Wednesday night and that he’ll be back whistling at customers and posing for selfies at Cafe Frankie’s on Ocean Avenue by noon.
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Anthony Calicchio, owner of both the bird and the Boynton Beach restaurant, said he learned Wednesday that a neighbor had found the parrot, who went missing July 5, and that a Boca Raton woman had “adopted him.”
Calicchio said he needed the assistance of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control on Thursday morning to pick up Frankie, as the woman didn’t believe he had ample proof of ownership.
“She thought it was the greatest bird in the world,” Calicchio said. “She didn’t want to lose her new best friend.”
Calicchio said wherever the woman went, 10-year-old Frankie would go with her. This included tasks such as relaxing on her shoulder while she got a manicure.
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Frankie has been the featured attraction at the restaurant for more than 10 years. People make reservations to sit next to him, and grandparents take photos of their grandchildren with him every year. He’s known for dancing in the rain, crawling up people’s arms and nibbling on their ears.
“He’s a really cool bird,” Calicchio said.
This story originally published to palmbeachpost.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the GateHouse Media network.