Belfast Telegraph

Parrot-ly to blame for loss

It hasn't been a good month for the Bodrum Pizzar.

First a burglar broke into the take-away on the Cregagh Road, Belfast, and trashed the place - now the family parrot has flown the coop.

Gumbo, the African Grey parrot was last seen making his getaway towards Ligoneil and Woodvale.

Owner David Booth explains: “My wife Jacqui has pestered me for five years to buy her a parrot. Being the dutiful husband I eventually relented and Gumbo was bought. She has fed and educated the bird and he has started talking. The problem is, he should have been called Houdini.”

The bird made good his escape last Thursday. “It's not her fault — he was an opportunist parrot,” David concedes before appealing for the escapologist's return.

“It might be that Gumbo is roosting in someone's tree and if so I could attempt to get him.”

Extracting him from a tree could call for forensic precision for this ex-fireman as it seems that birds such as Gumbo tend to bond with humans of the opposite sex.

David says: “Gumbo is definitely a male — he hates me and is quite at home on Jacqui's head.”

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