Pet sparrow from Deepdale reunited with family after going missing

Posted on - 5th August, 2020 - 8:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Deepdale, Photos, Preston News, Wildlife and Conservation
Rhia lives with her family including two parrots, nine dogs and a cat
Rhia lives with her family including two parrots, nine dogs and a cat. Pic: Deborah Crowther

A family from Deepdale have been reunited with their pet sparrow Rhia after she went missing on Monday (August 3).


The family took her in after she dropped out of a nest as a baby and she grew to become one of the family.

They would feed her with a syringe until she was old enough to leave the nest.

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Amy Wallace said: “We tried to release her she just kept coming back so now we just let her have free roam of the house with her own little bed that she sleeps every night.

“She can go out and come in whenever she likes we don’t keep her in.

“We have never trained her she’s just naturally become tame by landing on us sitting with us she even tries to steal our food when we’re eating.”

Many would not think about having a sparrow as a pet, but Amy and her mum Deborah Crowther were devastated when they woke up on Monday morning without her at home.

They put out a post on Facebook to try and find their pet and a lady contacted them saying she had found Rhia.

Deborah who looks after Rhia said: “The message came she had landed on someone on New Hall Lane.

Rhia went missing earlier this week
Rhia went missing earlier this week. Pic: Amy Marie

“Amy went straight down and got her. She was exhausted and went straight to her bed and didn’t even eat anything.

“She didn’t go out at all yesterday, but she’s back to her normal celebrity self in the street today.

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“All the neighbours are so happy she’s back as are we, she’s not just a bird, she thinks she’s human.”

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“She steals food off your plate, dives in the washing up bowl when you’re running the tap, dives in your hair to try make a nest, gives you kisses.

“My expert bird friend said she doesn’t know she’s a bird as she’s too humanized so she would die now out in the wild, but she is free to come and go as she pleases.”

We are just so glad the lady actually checked Facebook and saw she was reported missing, we owe her everything for getting our Rhia back home safe.”

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