Date
17 December 2017
Neighbors got used to the sight of Lee walking the streets of Tuen Mun with his constant companion BB. Photo: Facebook
Neighbors got used to the sight of Lee walking the streets of Tuen Mun with his constant companion BB. Photo: Facebook

The old man and his mynah

Neighbors are trying to help a 71-year-old man, who is living on his own in Hong Kong’s Tuen Mun district, reunite with his sole companion of five years, a pet mynah, who has failed to return since last week, the Apple Daily reported Friday.

The neighbors are using social media to look for the missing bird, a six-year-old black hill mynah, male and about 10 inches in length. It was a gift from neighbors, who took pity on the man, identified only as Lee, after he lost his mother and female partner six years ago, and subsequently suffered a stroke and an injury to his leg.

“I called him BB, and he was unchained, and the door to his bird cage was always left open,” Lee told the newspaper. “He was like a son to me, and followed me whenever I went out for a walk from 8:30 every morning — just like a puppy.”

The unexpected happened last week when Lee took BB to the neighborhood park for the first time. The bird was frightened by an oncoming stranger and flew off towards a nearby drainage. It never came back.

The old man has been walking every street in the neighborhood since, looking up lampposts and trees in search of his missing pet, the report said.

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