Vancouver’s most famous bird, Canuck the crow, is still missing.
Shawn Bergman, who is widely known as the crow’s human best friend, first alerted fans of the bird’s alleged disappearance in an emotional post to the Canuck and I Facebook page during the weekend.
Bergman told Canuck’s 126,350 followers that the bird had not been seen in the East Vancouver area he frequents since Friday, Aug. 30.
“3 p.m. on Friday was approximately the last time that I saw him and no one has seen him since,” Bergman said in the video.
“I am extremely worried about him. This is not like him. He hasn’t gone off on any multiple day adventures for over two years.”
Bergman is also concerned that someone may have taken Canuck.
“I’m having a really, really hard time believing that he’s just out there being a crow,” he said. “He tends to stick to the area, so I’m pretty worried about him right now.”
Holding back tears, Bergman said, “I want my buddy to come home.”
“If there’s anybody out there who has taken him, please let him go. This isn’t about me. It’s about him and his mate Cassiar,” he said.
Bergman said he had checked the rookery and searched the PNE grounds but had so far had no luck.
Earlier this year, Canuck became the first crow to be banded in North America for non-endangered and non-research purposes. Canuck sports a uniquely numbered metal band, supplied by the Federal Bird Banding Office in Ottawa, along with his orange band that makes him visible to his fans.
Canuck is known perhaps equally for being “that crow that stole a knife from a crime scene back in 2016” and “that crow with a human friend they made a documentary about.”
His fame has grown substantially over the years, with the help of Bergman who has been documenting Canuck’s adventures through Facebook since 2015. The mischievous bird is so popular, he was also voted Vancouver’s Unofficial Ambassador last year in a CBC poll.
On Tuesday morning, Bergman updated fans on Facebook stating that there had still been no sign of Canuck.
Bergman asked anyone who lived in the neighbourhood to keep an eye out for the bird.
Anyone who sees Canuck is asked to send Bergman a message on Facebook.
“If anyone out there can please help, I would be greatly appreciative and so would a lot of other people, because we miss him,” Bergman said.
“Please help me bring Canuck home safe.”