Saturday, January 28, 2006

Parrot "Sqawks" on Secret Love Affair

Parrot Blamed for Ratting Out Cheater


A talking parrot in the UK has been blamed for breaking up his owner's relationship.

For a year, Chris Taylor had been living happily with his partner Suzy Collins in the city of Leeds in northern England.

But his girlfriend and his pet parrot Ziggy never really got along.

Looking back Mr Taylor remembers Ziggy once made kissing noises when the name Gary was mentioned on the TV.

But he did not become suspicious until Ziggy began saying "hello Gary" every time his girlfriend's mobile phone rang.

Then, one night, when he was cuddling his girlfriend on the couch, the feathers really flew, in a voice identical to his girlfriends, Ziggy the Parrot said loudly: "I love you Gary".

From his cage in the corner, Ziggy had witnessed secret liaisons between Suzy Collins and a man called Gary.

The parrot had squawked.

This is not unusual according to Greg Glendell, the UK's only full-time consultant on parrot behaviour.

"I have birds that need retraining, and they will often come out with things in the owner's voice," he said.

He says Ziggy's breed is particularly good at mimicking people's voices.

Chris Taylor's girlfriend has moved out, but so too has Ziggy.

The computer programmer told The Times newspaper in Britain, it was too much hearing his pet constantly call out Gary's name in the voice of his ex.

Ms Collins has also spoken to The Times - she is surprised her former partner got rid of Ziggy because, she says, during their relationship he spent more time talking to the bird, than he did to her.

She was quoted as saying: "I couldn't stand Ziggy, but it now appears the feeling was mutual."

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