A pet parrot that demonstrated everyone its British pronounciation when it suddenly disappeared from its home four years ago. Not long time ago the smart bird reunited with its owner – and Nigel now speaks Spanish.
“The reunion was brought about by a Southern California veterinarian who mistook Nigel, an African gray parrot, for her own missing bird,” The Telegraph writes.
Teresa Micco tracked Nigel’s microchip to Darren Chick, a Briton who lives in Torrance.
“I introduced myself and said, ‘Have you lost a bird?'” Micco told reporters. “He initially said, ‘No.’ But he thought I meant recently.”
When the woman verified Chick’s name and said she had his African grey parrot, “He looked at me like I was crazy.”
He said his bird went missing four years earlier.
“Luckily, the owner never moved so everything just came together,” Takemoto said, recalling that she’d hand-fed Nigel as a chick and that the bird talked “just like” his British owner soon after he’d bought it.
Well, little is known about Nigel’s adventures he has experienced during the past four years, but Chick assures that the bird’s British accent is gone, and it now chatters in Spanish.
Chick says last week’s reunion brought tears of joy to his eyes – despite the fact that the parrot attacked and bit him when he first tried to pick him up.
Micco said the behavior was not unusual and that Nigel would settle back in soon enough.
“He’s doing perfect,” Chick said to reporters. “It’s really weird. I knew it was him from the minute I saw him.”
“It’s the fifth parrot reunion facilitated by Micco, who has been running ads for her own missing bird for nine months. That parrot, Benjamin, flew the coop in February when it darted out a door that was left open,” The Telegraph notes.
Julissa Sperling found Nigel outside her home and brought him to Micco after seeing one of her ads.
But first, she took Nigel to her dog-grooming business.
“He was the happiest bird. He was singing and talking without control,” Sperling said. “He was barking like the dogs. I’m from Panama and he was saying, ‘What happened?’ in Spanish.”
Many captive birds that get out will eventually seek out people, Micco said.
“A captive bird is not accustomed to being out of a cage of a home, they don’t know how to survive,” Micco said. “When they land in trees, they don’t see any food bowls.”