A pet parrot flew off on a two-day holiday before being found at London Waterloo Station – and he now won’t stop making Tube announcements.
Grey the two-year-old African Grey parrot was discovered on a rough sleeper’s shoulder some 20 miles away from his home in Tadworth, Surrey.
He now hilariously tells Karlene Boyce and her family to ‘keep left’, squawks tannoy announcements, and whistles like a train going along the tracks.
Last Thursday, Karlene and husband Jamie were having a cup of tea in the kitchen with their daughter Lexie Marie, 14, and son Callum, 17, when Grey flew out of an open door.
Grey settled himself in a tree and wouldn’t come back down when they offered him food or left his cage in the garden.
He stayed put for a day and the family weren’t too worried, until he got spooked by another bird and disappeared.
The heartbroken family posted about the lost parrot on Facebook and anxiously searched for him for two days.
But on Sunday, the family got the shock of their lives when Callum spotted Grey on the British Transport Police’s Twitter page.
The force tweeted: ‘Urgent tweet! Officers came across a missing parrot today at Waterloo Station.
‘If this parrot is yours or you know someone who has lost theirs please get in touch asap.’
Karlene said Grey became great friends with the two officers who found him with the rough sleeper.
She added: ‘We were in absolute shock of where he was, but I knew it was him straight away because he has got some quite distinctive markings.’
Grey spent the night at Birdline’s safe house before being picked up by the family.
Karlene said Grey was looking a little worse for wear with a few feathers out of place, but was otherwise unharmed.
She added: ‘He’s been talking and chatting loads. He’s just back to his normal self now, I couldn’t ask for more.
‘But he has done the tube “bing-bong” noise a few times, and keeps telling us to “keep left”.’
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