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Friday, April 20 News

'Daddy! Daddy' Parrot that flew the coop rescued after cries for help

A woman flew into action when she heard plaintive cries for "Daddy! Daddy!" in the area near Holland Hill School on Wednesday evening.

The repeated cries seemed to be coming from the top of a hill, near High Street. Acting on her concern that a child might be in distress, the woman began searching the area.

She heard the cries again, this time they seemed to be coming from the top of one of the tall trees nearby, so she called police.

Then, she spotted the source of the cries -- a large, green Amazon parrot perched atop a tree about 25 feet above the ground.

Animal control officers were dispatched to the scene, and assisted by firefighters, managed to get the parrot to fly from its lofty perch and into a nearby stand of bamboo, where a net was thrown over it. The bird was then transported to the town's animal shelter.

The parrot, police said, was talking "non-stop," repeating "Daddy" and "Hello" as well as other words.

It turns out the bird's owner, who lives on Sigwin Drive, had notified animal control officers the day before that his parrot had flown the coop. After he identified the bird, the parrot and owner were reunited

Police said it was not clear how the bird got loose in the first place.

"We put a lot of effort into encouraging people to report things that are out of the ordinary," Police Chief Gary MacNamara said. "It must have been very scary to hear the cries of `daddy' and lucky that it ended in a humorous way."