Image: Gordo the skateboarding parrot
Gordo, a 30-year-old Guatemalan parrot, rides in Baldwin Park, Calif. earlier this month.  A birdnapper snatched Gordo on Wednesday.
updated 3/26/2009 9:15:41 PM ET 2009-03-27T01:15:41

A birdnapper snatched Gordo the skateboarding parrot.

The 30-year-old green Guatemalan parrot, a popular attraction for a decade in the San Gabriel Valley community of Baldwin Park, was taken from his front porch cage Wednesday morning.

Owner Fred Mireles said his mother heard some commotion and spotted a man running away with Gordo. The 47-year-old childless man says he's devastated, adding Gordo is like a kid to him.

Baldwin Park police Sgt. Darryl Kosaka said it could be difficult to recover the parrot, noting that animals are often stolen to become pets in other households or to be sold.

Mireles said the birdnapper is "up against a can of worms" because Gordo isn't used to strangers and will start biting.

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