Charlie's flight to freedom was a pre-birthday 'blow-out'

By Antony Clay | 31/03/2017

Charlie's flight to freedom was a pre-birthday 'blow-out'
Charlie the parrot is finally caught

FREEDOM has been short-lived for Charlie the man-hating Blue-fronted Amazon parrot.

She escaped from the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre at North Anston on Wednesday but was tracked down by a posse of keepers in Dinnington last night.

She was caught eating chocolate digestive biscuits in the car park at Tesco.

Staff from the Tropical Butterfly House celebrate Charlie's recapture

But her welcome return to the Tropical Butterfly House won’t be entirely negative for the feathered tearaway — as today is her 19th birthday and she is being treated to a special cake.

It might even be a "parrot cake".

Charlie has lived at the Tropical Butterfly House for 17 years and went AWOL during a flying session.

But staff said they were delighted to have the cheeky bird back in captivity, none the worse for her avian adventure.

Marketing manager Louise Larcombe said: “Sometimes these things happen. Sometimes the parrots fly and just sit in the trees.

“She has not flown a lot so I don’t know if they are going to be more careful in future.

“We were actually really worried about her but she just wanted a blow-out before her 19th birthday.”

Louise thanked the public for helping put an end to Charlie’s spontaneous migration attempt.

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