Woman answers door to urgent knocking to find...a parrot
A MISSING parrot was reunited with its owner after it knocked at the door of an unsuspecting householder.
Sarah Purdie described "the most bizarre day" of her life when she answered the door of her Chaddlewood home, to find little Bobby, an emerald green Eclectus bird, looking up at her.
The mother of one was so surprised she thought she was on candid camera, she said.
"I had just got home when I heard an urgent tapping at the door," said the communications manager.
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"I opened up and didn't see anyone there and was about to shut it but looked down and there he was."
She said she actually half closed the door and walked away because she "didn't believe her eyes" "I was wondering if it was real," said the shocked 41-year-old.
"It was the most bizarre day of my life – I thought I must be on Candid Camera," she said.
"You normally expect unwanted salesmen at the door but it was a nice surprise to see an exotic parrot instead."
She put her son's toy box over him and got in touch with Woodside Animal Welfare Trust who were aware that Bobby had taken flight.
Native to the Solomon Islands, the brightly coloured bird with red under his wings, turned out to be the beloved pet of Margita Vilagiova, who had desperately looked for him for five days.
Margita, who lives in Elfordleigh, was moved to tears at the relief of finding her very special feathered friend at Woodside.
"He is so beautiful and I was so worried about him," said Margita.
"I'd been putting around posters for five days and was so pleased that Sarah found him and brought him to Woodside."
She said he was now very tired and had spent a lot of time sleeping since he'd returned home."
Ginny Jones, of Woodside, said: "It was just wonderful – he's a beautiful little thing and he nuzzled right up to his owner when she saw him. He obviously missed her very much."