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Escaped parrot flies 40 miles before finding a surprising perch

Long gone silver: Avonvales Heathcote team hand over Wilma to Wild Zoological Park PICTURE: SWNS

AN ESCAPED parrot was found after it flew 40 miles from home — and landed on an unsuspecting person’s shoulder.

Cheeky military macaw Wilma broke out of her enclosure at the Wild Zoological Park, near Stourbridge, West Midlands, two weeks ago.

The four-year-old bird managed to fly 40 miles to Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, where it landed on a stunned passerby.

The bird was taken to Avonvale Veterinary Centre where she was scanned for a microchip.

It revealed she belonged to the zoo and last week she was reunited with her keepers.

Macaw blimey: The escaped parrot was found 40 miles away from its home

Gemma Lawton, clinical director of the vet practice, said: ‘Wilma was brought in by a member of the public after she flew on to his shoulder.

‘Luckily, she was friendly and easy to put in a box and safely brought to our surgery.

‘We’re familiar with the importance of microchipping our pet cats and dogs, but this episode highlights the importance of microchipping pet parrots too, as escapes can happen at any time and can be very unexpected when they do.

‘We’re delighted this story had a happy ending for Wilma, who is now back at the park safe and sound.’