African parrot Pepsi home safe

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AN exotic bird who escaped outside a South Tyneside pub has been reunited with its owner.

Pepsi, an African grey parrot, caused quite a stir when he landed on a roof in Kingsway, Westoe, South Shields, on Wednesday.

However, one quick-thinking resident logged on to a website which listed missing birds and was soon in touch with the parrot’s real owner.

It turned out the man, from Gateshead, had been visiting his daughter at the Waters Edge pub on South Shields seafront, when Pepsi became scared by the town’s seagulls and escaped from his cage.

The man then returned to spend more than three hours chasing the bird from roof to roof, with Pepsi only returning to his shoulder when it became jealous of a female neighbour.

The resident who reunited the parrot and owner said: “It also turned out the bird spoke Iranian. I couldn’t believe it.

“After a few hours it moved to another roof, and the lady came out of her house and stood next to the man. The parrot then got jealous and came down right away.”

“It was all quite bizarre, but at least there was a happy ending.”