Norfolk care home waits to see if new parrot resident will be as talkative as predecessor
- Credit: Kinglsey Healthcare
Rebel the parrot got a Norfolk village care home in a right old flap with his cheeky impressions of a call bell used by residents to summon help.
As well as imitating the nurse call alarm, the bird also mimicked the telephone – and had even started impersonating members of the management team.
Staff at Brooke House in Brooke, were run ragged by false alarms caused by the mischievous bird but everyone at the home was left upset when he escaped from his cage and disappeared, only to be found dead on a nearby road days later.
His owner, Roy Hagley, 54, was devastated when it happened back in the summer but now staff have helped him find a new parrot to keep him company.
Hayley Hirst, deputy manager of the Kingsley Healthcare run home, said he was 'ecstatic' after taking ownership of a 14-week-old African Grey, which he has also named Rebel.
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'We found a breeder in Norwich and Roy has been visiting every couple of weeks to see his new bird,' said Mrs Hirst.
'Because he has been hand reared he is far tamer. If he is out on top of his cage he will happily come on to your shoulder. He is starting to get to know our other residents as well.'
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She said they had also helped Mr Hagley buy a larger, more secure cage as it is thought the original Rebel opened his cage door himself to escape.
Mrs Hirst added: 'The new parrot has already started to say 'hello' but we will have to wait and see if he becomes as talkative as Rebel senior.'