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Luke, 13, in plea for help after parrot Benny flies off from Pakenham

Luke Horsey from Pakenham waiting and hoping his pet Rock Pebbler, Regent parrot Benny returns home after he flew away and is now missing ANL-140424-013603009

Luke Horsey from Pakenham waiting and hoping his pet Rock Pebbler, Regent parrot Benny returns home after he flew away and is now missing ANL-140424-013603009

After a frantic week of searching, a 13-year-old boy has asked the public to help in the hunt for his missing parrot, Benny.

Luke Horsey said he missed his parrot who flew off from his home in Pakenheam, last Tuesday.

His dad, Michael Horsey, said: “Luke’s gutted. We all are it’s like the house is sort of lonely without him.

“I used to come home from work and as I came through the door he said ‘hello darling’.”

Benny, a green regent parrot with colourful blue and red wings and an orange beak, escaped through an open door whilethe laundry was being done.

After flying out of the house he appeared to head towards Ixworth where Michael went to search each day from 5.30am.

However, after an extensive poster campaign the family received a phone call on Saturday to say he had been spotted in Thurston.

Temperatures had plummeted to -1C on Tuesday night and the family were relieved to hear he had survived.

Luke has had Benny for about four years and he is hand tame.

Michael said: “When he was nine, Luke said he wanted a parrot and I said you cannot have one until you have sussed out what you want and thoroughly researched how to care for it.”

Luke carried out extensive research and saved up pocket money as well as Christmas and birthday presents to buy the bird.

Luke said as well as ‘hello darling’, he had taught Benny to say ‘goodbye’ and to whistle.

Benny is 14-16 inches long and will land on an outstretched finger.

He may be unnerved if someone tries to catch him so if anyone spots the distinctive parrot Michael has asked them to contact the family by calling 07553106137.

 

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