27.08.14Naveen and the escaped parrot Romeo ©RSPCA

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?…at a greengrocers in Crawley!

We  reunited an escaped parrot with his owners after he flew to a nearby greengrocers to get his five a day.

Romeo, a red lory, disappeared after he flew off from his home at Tilgate Nature Park last Tuesday 19.

However, the lure of fresh fruit proved too much for the feathered fugitive, who was soon the star attraction at a town centre fruit and veg shop.

Naveen Kumar (pictured) called us after spotting Romeo tucking into a slice of watermelon in the shopfront of Taj the Grocer, on Haslett Avenue, shortly after 8.30am on Thursday 21.

It wasn’t long before the lure of fresh fruit proved too much for the colourful bird and he soon made his way further into the shop, prompting Naveen to call us.

Naveen said:

“I first noticed him because he is such a bright colour and I’d never seen a bird like him before.

“He started flying around the shop so I thought I should call the RSPCA to come and catch him.

“Everybody in the shop really liked him and lots of our customers were filming him and taking pictures.”

He seemed to take a shine to all the fruit at the shopRomeo the parrot

Inspector Andrew Kirby arrived at the shop soon after and quickly managed to catch Romeo using a small net, before he took him to our animal centre in Patcham, near Brighton.

Inspector Kirby said:

“He seemed to take a shine to all the fruit at the shop, but I think he must have been quite tired. Although he was only a few miles from where he escaped, that is quite a long way for a bird not used to flying such distances.

“Thankfully he was easy to catch and I’m just pleased that his owners have come forward and been reunited with him.”

Romeo has now been reunited with the team at Tilgate Nature Park.

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