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Meet Freddie - the lost African grey parrot who is Bury's answer to Chanel

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 14/07/2020 Helena Vesty
a parrot sitting on top of a wooden fence: Freddie the parrot caused his owner some grief after flying away © Facebook Freddie the parrot caused his owner some grief after flying away

Chanel, a lost African grey parrot, hit the headlines earlier this year after her owner released a video appeal that took the internet by storm as she howled 'Chanel' across Liverpool to find the bird.

This weekend, Bury got its answer to Chanel after a Radclifffe man found himself in crisis when his own African grey flew away on Sunday.

Freddie the parrot was lost for 24 hours after 'unlocking his own cage' and 'smacking his owner in the face' before flapping through an open door and taking to the skies.

a woman standing in front of a window: Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield howl over why Chanel the parrot got her name © ITV Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield howl over why Chanel the parrot got her name

The worried 25-year-old owner spent '13 hours straight' looking for Freddie, until he found the bird just 'three streets away' from his home in Scarr Avenue today (Monday, July 13).

The Radcliffe man has owned Freddie for two years after his father died, but the beloved pet has been cared for by the family for nine in total.

The 25-year-old, who wished not to be named, told the Manchester Evening News : "I was coming back in from the shops. I'd just opened the door and was walking in. He let himself out of the cage and smacked me in the face as he flew through the door.

"I just thought... 'oh sh*t.'"

The man posted an appeal on Facebook asking for help to find his African grey, bringing back memories of the famous Chanel for many social media users.

One commented: "Them African greys at it again."

Another said: "He's gone to meet Chanel!"

After a frantic search around Radcliffe, the owner was filled with relief when he came across Freddie in a nearby tree.

"I couldn't find him for hours - I was walking around for 13 hours trying to find him, in total he was lost for about 24," said the pet owner.

"I found him about three streets away, he must have recognised the sound of my voice calling him. He was circling a tree, I had to wait for ages with his cage for him to come down.

"He didn't go far, it was raining so he kind of just stayed around here.

"I was worried that he would be attacked by another animal or he'd be caught and sold. People do sell African greys online for £800, a grand at a time - even without the papers that they should come with."

Thankfully, Freddie has now been reunited with his owner. But the Radcliffe man has taken extra precautions to prevent this from happened again in the future.

"I've put some padlocks on his cage now so only I can let him out when I'm in the house," he said.

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