End of the Great Escape for Poppett

A PARROT, who made a Great Escape, is today back at home after she was spotted on a washing line two miles away by eagle-eyed residents.

A PARROT, who made a Great Escape, is today back at home after she was spotted on a washing line two miles away by eagle-eyed residents.

Poppett the 20-year-old African Grey parrot, who is famed for whistling the theme tune to 60s film The Great Escape, disappeared from her home in Mersey Road last Sunday.

In a desperate bid to find her, her owners roamed the streets near their home, whistling the catchy ditty.

However she was eventually found two miles away in the Ravenswood estate on a washing line.

The Parkins family fed and watered the weak pet and were considering taking her to a parrot sanctuary when a neighbourspotted the article about her disappearance in The Evening Star and they then got in touch with her owners.

Poppett was found by 12-year-old Georgiana Parkins of Bonny Crescent. Her brother Reece, 15, said: “She came and landed on our washing line. It is not everyday you see a parrot in your garden.

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“We don't know much about parrots so phoned my nan as she used to have one and she told us what to do.”

Poppett's owner Mark Backhouse, who said she flew off when she was spooked by something, said: “We are really happy to have her back.

“She hasn't been doing any of her funny tunes yet as she is a bit weak because she got so hungry and thirsty but hopefully she is getting back to normal.

“It was lucky she was found. They probably saved her life.”

Do you have a quirky pet? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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