Fell for a whistle

PUBLISHED: 16:49 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:15 10 June 2010

A BRIXINGTON couple have been reunited with their friendly African grey talking parrot Digger who flew the nest and was at large for three days. Darren Rose, 39, and wife Saria, 37, of Langstone Drive, spent hours scouring the area looking for two-and-a

A BRIXINGTON couple have been reunited with their friendly African grey talking parrot Digger - who flew the nest and was at large for three days.Darren Rose, 39, and wife Saria, 37, of Langstone Drive, spent hours scouring the area looking for two-and-a-half-year-old Digger - who escaped after flying out through an open door.A relieved Darren found Digger alive and well in a Brixington park and managed to coax her down from a tree - by whistling.He said the talkative bird had copied his tune, recognised her owners and made several attempts to land on their shoulders.Digger was eventually reunited with the Roses after she landed on a low branch and Darren was able to reach up and lift her off. "It was one of those 30 second things when the backdoor was open. She went through three rooms and out the back door," said Darren. "She's my wife's baby and very devoted. I think she was looking for my wife, who was upstairs."We saw her in the park, but she was right at the top of a fir tree. Then a seagull spooked her and she flew off over the Pound Lane allotments."The couple wished to thank neighbours who helped in the search - with youngsters even taking to their bikes to help find Digger.BACK home! Digger with Darren and Saria after her three-day flight of fancy. Picture by Simon Horn. Ref 5748-27-08sh.

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