Parrot nursed back to health in knitted jumpers

Parrot nursed back to health in knitted jumpers

A neglected parrot has been given a new lease of life thanks to some rather snazzy hand-knitted jumpers.

Charlie, a green eclectus parrot, was rescued in 2007 by bird charity Safehaven, which is based in Nottinghamshire, the BBC reports.

When he was found he had plucked out most of his own feathers and staff claimed he resembled an oven-ready chicken.

Despite calls from vets that he should be put down, Rebecca Blagg, the charity's coordinator, chose to get out her knitting needles and some soft yarn to make a series of tiny jumpers to keep Charlie nice and warm.

"He was seriously underweight. I gave the order for him to be removed immediately and contacted the RSPCA. He was so weak, he couldn't stand on his perch and he used to fall off," she said.

After taking Charlie home and feeding him with a spoon she soon became aware how cold he was without his feathers.

"I had to do something. Knitting's not my forte and I've never knitted for a parrot before. But he seemed to like it," Ms Blagg explained.

She hand-knitted a collection of jumpers, including a green one, a blue one and a couple of peach and brown ones, which help complement the few feathers he still has.

They are changed around once a week and are made with large wing holes, so as not to restrict his movements.

However, despite him having been nursed back to full health, Ms Bragg joked that he's not prepared to give up the jumpers, adding that he has become very fond of his woolly jackets and is reluctant to stop wearing them.

"If we take them off him for good, he gets very cross. He stomps about, he shouts, he gets very agitated. So we just stopped trying," she went on to say.

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