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Sold parrot returns - as a crisp
Parrot crisp (photo courtesy of MEN Syndication)
Mr Sleigh found 'Chippy' days later (photo courtesy of MEN Syndication)
A man sold his parrot after growing fed up with her foul mouth, only for her to return a few days later - in a bag of cheese and onion crisps.

Thomas Sleigh and his wife Michaela, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, decided to get rid of Molly when her swearing got too much for the family.

But within days of the naughty African Grey being sold her image turned up as Mr Sleigh tucked into a bag of crisps.

"It's almost like Molly has come back to haunt us," he said.

He added: "We got rid of her because she was constantly trying to wind my wife up by throwing her food out of the cage as well as turning the air blue with her constant swearing.

"We made a decision we couldn't take her mouth any more and we sold her."

A few days later, Mr Sleigh opened a bag of Walkers crisps and found the four-inch crisp in the shape of a bird.

An African Grey Parrot and a cheese and onion parrot
Can you spot the difference?

There is no photograph of Molly to compare the likeness, but Mr Sleigh thinks the crisp looks like the departed parrot.

"I have nicknamed it Chippy," he said.

"I must admit I was shocked when I saw the crisp and I was just laughing because it was like the parrot had come to re-visit us."

A spokesman for Walkers Foods said: "We've had all sorts of shapes and sizes of crisps over the years but a parrot is a world-first."

African Grey parrots, like other parrot species, are popular pets because of their intelligence and ability to mimic sounds and speech.

They originate predominately from central Africa and have an average size of about 33cm (13ins) and lifespan of up to 60 years.

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