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Escaped parrot rescued from Longleat's lion enclosure

Park keepers try to capture Lalji
Keepers spent more than an hour trying to coax Lalji down

A pet parrot which escaped from its home in Wiltshire was found four miles away at Longleat safari park after it landed among a pride of lions.

Nine-year-old African Grey Lalji had been missing from Pie Chamber's home in Corsley for three days.

Park keepers said they spotted him before the lions did and rounded them up while they called for back-up.

Ms Chambers, 66, said: "It was very scary - he could have become their lunch at any moment."

Deputy head warden Ian Turner said it had taken eight people, four cars and more than an hour for them to catch the bird safely in a net.

"I don't know what possessed the parrot to land among the lions," he said.

"They say that parrots are blessed with intelligence. I think I'd question that with this one.

"We realised that we had to catch the bird before the lions did."

Ms Chambers said: "I've had him for nine years, since he was a chick, so I missed him terribly and was very worried.

"He's safely back at home now. He was terribly thirsty and put his head under his wing for a while, but he's recovering well."

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