African grey parrot turns up at As­cot lost prop­erty

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THEY are more used to deal­ing with mis­laid wal­lets and the odd um­brella.

So when lost prop­erty of­fi­cials were con­fronted with an African grey parrot yes­ter­day, they might have been for­given for get­ting in a flap.

But de­spite de­scrib­ing it as ‘the weird­est thing that has been handed in, ever,’ the staff at Royal As­cot re­mained re­mark­ably un­ruf­fled.

‘We don’t know how it got here,’ said one of­fi­cial, who asked not to be named.

‘It has prob­a­bly just flown in, but it is the weird­est thing we’ve had.’

The in­jured parrot was found at the course by a kitchen worker, who pre­sented it to lost prop­erty in a shoe box.

Bizarrely, it was the sec­ond bird to be handed in this week. The of­fi­cial said a smaller one, its species un­known, had also been de­liv­ered us­ing the same method.

She added: ‘I had a bird the other day, in a shoe box, and now I’ve got a parrot.

‘The guy from the kitchen came in and said: “I’m just go­ing to leave it here”, and I said: “No, you’re bloom­ing not”.’

She added that the parrot had been placed in a quiet, dark room while a vet was sum­moned. It has what is be­lieved to be an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tag on its wing. But if its owner can­not be lo­cated, the staff mem­ber who found it has vol­un­teered to take it home as a pet.

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