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  • Escaped parrot turns up in couple's living room!

    Tom Martin

    A WATERLOO couple were shocked to find an escaped lovebird sitting in their living room!

    The small species of parrot was discovered on top of a picture frame above the mantelpiece on Tuesday, October 2 and the search is now on to find the owner.

    The couple called the RSPCA when they saw the bird, and RSPCA Animal Collection Officer (ACO) Laura Metcalf arrived to take it to the vets for a check-up.

    She said: “This handsome bird just appeared in the couple’s lounge that morning. He probably got in through an open window or door.

    “When I arrived, it appeared that the lovebird was quite nervous, flying to and fro around the living room. Because it was a small bird, I was reluctant to use my catching net, but as luck would have it, he flew towards me and I was able to gently secure him before he hurt himself.

    “I took him for a check-up to the vet, who I am relieved to say gave him a clean bill of health, and he is now being looked after at expert boarding facilities while we try to track down his owner.

    “We’re not sure whether this lovely bird is a he or a she, but they are definitely very nervous. Someone must be missing him, but with no means of identification, we are appealing for information which could help us reunite him with his owner. Please call our appeal line on 0300 123 8018 if you have any information.”

    With more than 400 stray parrots rescued by officers every year, the RSPCA is urging people to make sure their pet bird can be identified, with a microchip or closed ring.

    Over the past five years, RSPCA officers have rescued 2,473 stray pet birds. In 2017 alone, the RSPCA collected 453 strays.

    The RSPCA logs stray birds on a 'Pets Located' website, but many still remain at the charity’s rescue centres and are not claimed by an owner, so are then rehomed.

    ACO Metcalf added: “Sadly we often find it extremely difficult to reunite these birds with their owners as many are not microchipped or ringed. It really pays to take extra precautions. It is upsetting to think that these birds are likely to have a loving home somewhere with an owner who will be missing them. Please consider having your birds microchipped by an avian vet, or fitted with a close ring.”

    The RSPCA recommends that captive birds are housed in an aviary where possible but, if kept in a cage, it is essential that bird owners allow opportunity for free flight daily by providing time outside the cage to carry out this natural behaviour.

    Anyone letting a parrot have free flight within a house should ensure windows and doors are secured first, to prevent accidental escape.

    Anyone interested in rehoming a rescued bird from the RSPCA can visit: http://www.rspca.org.uk/findapet

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