After much consideration I decided it was a good time to get a friend for Sol, who I have had for a little while now. I picked out a lutino baby several weeks ago and went to pick him up today. I bought a starter cage for him too. I should not have brought my children with me because they were very distracting. I absentmindedly left the store with the bird in my grasp and he wiggled free....and of course flew off! He landed on the roof of a building in the parking lot and after many attempts by me and the store employees, including a random man that climbed on the roof with a net, he flew to a high tree and blended in with the coloring. We tried everything and lost complete sight of him. I know in my heart he won't be gotten back and that he is gone for good, we did everything we could. We even tried to bring out the most vocal cockatiel and that didn't work either, even though the baby heard him singing over and over. I can't believe how high he got even though his wings were clipped, I feel so bad. I'm at fault for it and I admit it. I was too distracted and not paying attention. I'm also so used to my bird at home that just stays with me and doesn't try to get away. It is going in to the evening hours now and getting dark soon, there are also a lot of hawks in that area. I don't know if the store employees will try to look again or not. When I got home I felt the worst though. I had a cage and everything for him and came home with an empty cage and knowing that he's out there and will die....so sad....