Parrot Charlie is lost for words

PUBLISHED: 09:29 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 04 May 2010

Charlie the parrott with Frederick Tunnell

Charlie the parrott with Frederick Tunnell

A CHATTERBOX parrot from Littleport went for a wander last Wednesday and was found three days later unable to utter a word. Charlie the Harley, an African Grey, flew out of owners Frederick and Margaret Tunnel s house near City Road as Mr Tunnel opened th

A CHATTERBOX parrot from Littleport went for a wander last Wednesday and was found three days later unable to utter a word.

Charlie the Harley, an African Grey, flew out of owners Frederick and Margaret Tunnel's house near City Road as Mr Tunnel opened the gate to let a visitor in.

"By Saturday morning, when he still hadn't come home, we were starting to think the worst," said Mrs Tunnel.

Charlie was finally found on Saturday, perched on a BMW near the King's Lynn roundabout by the car's eagle-eyed owner, who had seen the 'lost' posters put up around the village. "He's obviously a bird with a bit of class," said Mr Tunnel. "We've no idea how far he travelled, but he's lost a lot of weight and is very traumatised."

"Before he went missing he used to call us 'Mum and Dad', and he knows his own phone number. But since we found him he's been dead silent," he added.

Vets have given Charlie the all-clear although he is still suffering from cold and lack of food.

"Wild birds bully him and won't let him get to any food," said Mr Tunnel. "He isn't used to the cold. We hated Charlie being out there without any friends and are very grateful to the lady who brought him home.

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