Allie the African Grey parrot’s owner believes the clever bird was sold for tik by his friend.
Scott Crighton, 45, says when he and his family lost their home, he entrusted his polly to his former friend.
The Mitchell’s Plain father says Allie was the only pet his two sons had and he asked his buddy to take care of the bird while they were finding their feet.
He boasts that his bird could say words like “hello” and “Assalaamu Alaykum”.
“He was a special bird, his neck was skew so he couldn’t fly, he would look at you upside down. He also has no toes and he was a Muslim bird who could speak English and Afrikaans,” says the proud owner.
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