The strange case of the second parrot

TO lose one parrot and get it back may be considered lucky – but to do it twice is truly amazing.But lucky Lucy the parrot is back home safe and well today after a frosty night out on the tiles - four months after her mate escaped and enjoyed ten days of freedom.

TO lose one parrot and get it back may be considered lucky - but to do it twice is truly amazing.

But lucky Lucy the parrot is back home safe and well today after a frosty night out on the tiles - four months after her mate escaped and enjoyed ten days of freedom.

The African grey went missing from her Felixstowe home on Christmas Day.

Owners Linda and David Whitaker cannot make out if their pets are egging each other on in their bid to see the outside world or not, but they know they are incredibly lucky to have lost two and got them both back.

"I couldn't believe it when she went - I thought, oh, no, not again," said Mrs Whitaker, of Garrison Lane.

"It was my fault. I forgot that I had her on my shoulder and I opened the door and she was off.

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"I thought with that frost that there was no way she would survive, and especially as there is no food about either.

"I don't think my parrots talk to each other or she wouldn't have gone missing."

Lucy was reunited with her owners after being found by a resident who took her in a bucket on Bank Holiday Monday in to Underwoods hardware store in Hamilton Road, where Mrs Whitaker's sister-in-law saw it and rang the family.

"We have been really lucky - we thought we would not see her again. To lose two and get them both back is just amazing," said Mrs Whitaker.

The Whitakers lost their other African grey Sid in August after he escaped from their conservatory, believed to have been accidently let out by their grandchildren.

He was found by a cat, which picked him up and took him into its owner's kitchen as a gift - but when the moggy dropped the parrot on the floor, the bird turned round and attacked the feline.

The couple also have a green amazon parrot called Fred - and are now keeping an especially close eye on him in case he also decides to fly the nest.

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

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