Scottish family joy after coarse-mouthed pet parakeet flies away on five-day adventure
A family who lost their cheeky parakeet when they flew from home were overjoyed after being found five days later.
One-year-old Chip, who swears, dances and even plays soccer, was discovered sitting on the roof of a car after his epic adventure.
Paula Hill, 31, her partner Tony Connell, 38, and their children Braedynn, 10, and 10-month-old baby Cruz were heartbroken after her disappearance.
Paula, from Alloa, said: “Chip is Braedynn’s best friend so he was devastated.
“He couldn’t stop crying and begging him to come back – it was heartbreaking.
“People might say ‘oh, that’s just a parakeet,’ but it’s no ordinary little bird. He is very special and unique with all the fun things he does. I’ve had parakeets before and some don’t speak or interact at all, but Chip was cheerful and affectionate from the start.
More than 500 people shared his call on Facebook to find Chip – and five days later, the family received a call from the SSPCA to tell them they had found him.
Paula said: “We were totally shocked and didn’t believe it because we just couldn’t figure out how our pampered little bird could have survived five days in the wild on its own.
“We had him during the lockdown last May and I think because we were all at home together he caught us all chatting all the time and just started copying us.
“Tony works with the Covid test and tracing team so he’s always on the phone and we noticed Chip was imitating him a lot and even speaking with a Glasgow accent.
“He also enjoys sitting on Braedynn’s headset and chatting with his friends when he’s on his PlayStation.
“He likes to say his own name and ask for kisses and even makes the sound of the kiss. He also adores music and dancing.
“Sometimes he thumps the window sill and starts swearing – he’s hilarious.
“He’s also cheeky and likes to wrap Cruz by flying in front of him and trying to eat all of his food when he’s in the high chair. He still wants everything we eat and loves toast and pies, cups of tea and watered down juices. He also likes to take a shower in the sink.
“He has been such a source of comfort to Braedynn recently as he was being bullied at school and Chip was always there to sit on his shoulder and make him smile.”
In an attempt to cheer Braedynn up while Chip was away, Paula gave him another parakeet, but sadly she passed away the same day.
She said: “Obviously it made Braedynn even more upset after losing Chip and I kept thinking, ‘How much heartache can my little boy still endure?'”
Just as the family had lost all hope, they received a call from the SSPCA to tell them that Chip had been found only a mile from their home.
Paula said: “The first thing Chip did was get out of the box and jump on all of our heads, then he walked straight to his food bowl. He was so hungry, bless him.
“We have now told him he was being punished, to which he replied in his little budgie robot voice,” Aw, Chip is a good boy! “
“All of my friends and family kept telling me that he needed his own fan page, so I created a Facebook and YouTube page for him and uploaded the funny little videos of him talking and swearing.”