UPDATE: Monty Python-whistling parrot is returned to owners

Have you seen Jasper the African Grey parrot? The 20-year-old bird was stolen from his Stickney home on Friday. NA
Have you seen Jasper the African Grey parrot? The 20-year-old bird was stolen from his Stickney home on Friday. NA

A PET parrot which whistles ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ has been reunited with its owners.

Jasper had been stolen from the Bonnett family home in Stickney last week and the story of his disappearance made the Daily Mail after it was reported by The Standard.

He was spotted and returned to a neighbour, who handed him back to the delighted family, who have had him as a pet for about 20 years.

Richard Bonnett thanked The Standard for its help and said: “You putting that article in really kick started this whole thing that resulted in my dad getting Jasper back.”

A PARROT which whistles Monty Python’s ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ has been stolen from its Stickney home.

Family pet Jasper, an African Grey worth £600, was taken from his cage in Horbling Lane on Friday, some time between 9am and 3pm.

As the bird whistles the distinctive Monty Python tune and often says his owners’ names, it is hoped he will be easier to track down – and may even give the game away for his captors.

Owner Richard Bonnett said: “He answers to the name Jasper and is also a very good speaker, saying things like ‘good morning’, ‘good night’, ‘Richard’, ‘Tom’, ‘John’ and ‘go careful’.

“We are all extremely upset about what’s happened but especially my dad as he was his pet.”

Explaining the run-up to his disappearance, Richard said: “My mum had gone to my sister’s house in Sibsey, and on nice days we always left Jasper in his cage in our back garden which is out of sight from the road. We think he was taken at about 12.30pm.”

He added: “Jasper is tame for me and my dad but is unlikely to take to anyone else as he’s been in my family for 20 years.”

Pc Dave Eldridge said: ”The welfare of the bird is of immediate concern and we would urge anyone who knows where it is to contact police or arrange for it to be returned to the owner without delay. Anyone who has been offered a parrot for sale should call 101, quoting the crime number.”

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the parrot should call Pc Dave Eldridge at Horncastle and quote incident number 287, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.