Hugo makes lots of new friends on his big adventure
Parrot’s escape leads to nursery visit, getting a new name and trip to an animal centre
Ashford parrot Hugo has had an adventurous few days.
First he escaped from owners Ben Jones and Casey Roundy’s Repton Park home, then he paid a visit to a nursery and made friends with the children and staff, all before he was collected by the RSPCA and taken to an animal centre.
The young green and red bird is now home safe and sound, catching up with his pal Sawyer, the greyhound puppy.
Hugo’s journey started on Sunday when he flew out of a window.
Mr Jones, 28, chased after him but Hugo had already flown off.
Desperate to get him home, he appealed for people to keep their eyes peeled on Facebook and through an article on Kent Online.
What he didn’t know was that fearless Hugo was safe and had turned up at Repton Manor Nursery, in Repton Avenue, half a mile away on Monday morning.
Nicki Pittam, nursery manager, explains: “Nursery practitioner Mikala White noticed a bird land outside the garden window and hang from the window ledge. This has not happened before.
“Upon taking a closer look I noticed that it was a parrot!
“We opened the back door so the bird could come nearer and nearer, it then landed on the door.
“Nadia Hyland coaxed the bird in using bird seed we had been using to make bird feeders, the parrot landed on the pot and was very friendly. She was then able to bring the bird in.
“We knew it must be someone’s pet as it had a tag and was very tame.”
Using an empty rabbit hutch borrowed from Repton Manor Primary School, which is next door, they managed to secure the bird, who they nicknamed Dave.
Nicki adds: “All the children discussed what had happened, and where he may have come from. We brought up the discussion about naming the bird.
“The children choose to name him ‘Dave’ but ‘Tweet Tweet’ was a close call, due to the noises he made.
“All the staff and children had a great morning, with something new to talk about.”
Staff called the RSPCA and an officer picked Hugo up at about midday.
Owner Mr Jones was later alerted to Hugo’s rescue by Nicki and Matt Rawlings, head of the primary school, who had seen the article on Kent Online. On Tuesday he travelled to Leybourne Animal Centre in West Malling to collect him.
Mr Jones thanked everyone for their kindness and for “taking care of our bird and putting a smile back on our faces”. Ben Jones and Casey Roundy bought Hugo, a greencheeked conure with long red tail feathers, in July last year from Bybrook Garden Centre in Kennington when he was only a few months old.
He lived in a cage at first but is now free to roam around their home.
Hugo also enjoys the company of their greyhound puppy Sawyer.
Mr Jones, who is set to wed animal lover Casey at Port Lympne Reserve this August, said: “My other half is animal crazy, which is why we got him.
“I wasn’t that keen at first but he has a great personality. He has quite a distinctive ‘Amazon’ sounding call!”
Mr Jones said Hugo is very tame and responds to his name.
Hugo is coaxed in with birdseed at Repton Manor Nursery