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

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Sam Wil­liams

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

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