Darren Chick, a Brit living in California, was reunited with his grey African parrot Nigel after the parrot had disappeared from their home. Surprisingly, Nigel’s Brittish accent had completely disappeared; the bird now only speaks Spanish and often asks for someone called ‘Larry’.
Julissa Sperling, a dog-grooming business owner, spotted Nigel in Torrance and recognized him from missing posters she’d seen. She said: “He was the happiest bird. He was singing and talking without control. He was barking like the dogs. I’m from Panama and he was saying, ‘What happened?’ in Spanish.”
However, it turned out that Sperling returned the parrot to the wrong person. She brought Nigel to Teresa Micco who had also been searching for her own missing parrot since February. When Nigel arrived at Micco’s house, it was clear that is wasn’t her bird.
Micco decided to find Nigel’s rightful owner and she traced him via original sales records. “I introduced myself and said, ‘Have you lost a bird?’ He initially said no. But he thought I meant recently. He looked at me like I was crazy.”
Chick said he was a little teary-eyed when he saw Nigel again for the first time in four years, despite the fact that Nigel initially bit him.
“He’s doing perfect. It’s really weird, I knew it was him from the minute I saw him.” Said the parrot’s owner Darren Chick.