Leicester Mercury

Sick as a parrot as two pets are lost in a week


- By FINVOLA DUNPHY finvola.dunphy@reachplc.com @finvoladun­phy

TWO blue ring-necked parrots have been winging it all over Loughborou­gh for days.

Multiple sightings of the birds have been reported in gardens around the town, and on the fence of the Ring O’ Bells pub.

The Mercury tracked down the owner of the animals who said he has been “franticall­y” trying to get his hands on his beloved pets ever since they escaped.

People who spotted them have tried desperatel­y to coax the birds down with the hope of returning them to their owner – but the birds keep flying away.

Owner Abid Lokat, 51, said he only purchased one of the missing parrots the day before it escaped on Tuesday.

He says he was bonding with his newest pet – who has not yet even been named – by feeding it fruit from a bowl when he dropped the lid on the floor.

As he went to pick it up, the parrot raced around the front lounge before zooming straight out of the patio doors, which had been left ajar.

Abid said: “My wife was not happy with me. This is the second of my parrots to have escaped within two days.”

The first parrot, Bluey, had flown the coop just a few days previously, when Abid took her outside to socialise.

Bluey quickly made a dart around the garden before flying off to explore the rest of Loughborou­gh.

Abid says both birds are very young which is why they haven’t developed the rings around their neck, which are markers of their breed.

He added: “Both birds are really tame and they will interact with humans.

“They love fruits like apples or grapes, so if anyone can coax them into a conservato­ry, I would be extremely grateful.”

The escaped pets have made a splash on social media, with multiple sightings being published on

Twitter and groups.

One user: “This guy was in garden this morning. It flew away too quickly.”

Abid has been amazed by the in local Facebook

response and support of his local community.

He said: “I cannot believe the reactions I have had. People have been amazing, posting their sightings to me and keeping me updated

on their whereabout­s. At least I know they’re OK and seem happy enough.”

Abid is asking people to report any further sightings of his parrots via the Spotted Loughborou­gh Facebook group.

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 ??  ?? ELUSIVE: Sightings on a town rooftop and on the fence of the Ring O’ Bells pub
ELUSIVE: Sightings on a town rooftop and on the fence of the Ring O’ Bells pub

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