TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when itdisappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner — andthe bird now speaks Spanish.
The reunion was brought about by a Southern California veterinarian who mistook Nigel, anAfrican gray parrot, for her own missing bird, the Daily Breeze reported Sunday(http://bit.ly/1qU5dU3).
Teresa Micco tracked Nigel's microchip toDarren Chick, a Brit who lives in Torrance.
兽医Teresa Micco通过追踪Nigel身上的微芯片找到了家住托伦斯的英国人Darren Chick。
"I introduced myself and said, 'Haveyou lost a bird?'" Micco told the newspaper. "He initially said,'No.' But he thought I meant recently."
When she verified Chick's name and said shehad his African grey parrot, "He looked at me like I was crazy."
He said his bird went missing four yearsearlier.
Little is known about Nigel's whereaboutsthe past four years, but Chick says the bird's British accent is gone, and itnow chatters in Spanish.
Chick says last week's reunion brought tears of joy to his eyes — despitethe fact that Nigel bit him when he first tried to pick him up.
Micco said the behavior was not unusual andthat Nigel would settle back in soon enough.
"He's doing perfect," Chick told the newspaper by the week's end. "It'sreally weird. I knew it was him from the minute I saw him."
It's the fifth parrot reunion facilitatedby Micco, who has been running ads for her own missing bird for nine months.
Julissa Sperling found Nigel outside herhome and brought him to Micco after seeing one of her ads.
"He was the happiest bird. He wassinging and talking without control," Sperling said. "He was barkinglike the dogs. "