Par­rot proves it is most pa­tri­otic pet

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Comment -

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.

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