Parrot proves it is most patriotic pet
BENJI – a 15-year-old parrot – is Peterborough’s most patriotic pet.
The African grey parrot will be squawking behind England tomorrow evening and is all ready to holler “Come on England”, “Goal!”, and “Come on Rooney”.
Benji lives with his owners Ruth and Stephen Borrill, in Church Close, Newborough, near Peterborough.
Stephen, who is also behind England and believes they have a shot at being crowned World Cup 2010 winners, has decorated his home with flags and other football memorabilia.
And in the garden, the pair have planted red and white flowers.
Stephen (46) said: “Excitement has been building in our house for some time now. We are all set for the world cup, we will be having the family round for today’s first England match.
“Benji loves cheering on the football. He is a right chatterbox. He picks up most of his expressions from Ruth.”
African greys originate from Ghana, Congo and Timneh. They are extremely intelligent and can live to be 50. They are excellent mimics and can imitate household noises including the telephone and the doorbell.