Well-dressed Charlie is the squawk of the town
CHARLIE the parrot has really been feeling the cold this winter.
But it could have been worse is he hadn't been given a set of jumpers to wear by a caring animal-lover.
The green Eclectus parrot was rescued after being almost starved to death.
He was so hungry that he had started plucking his own feathers and eating them to stay alive.
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His rescuer, Rebecca Blagg, took Charlie into her home in Wood Street, Eastwood, and waited for his feathers to grow back naturally.
But this didn't happen, so she set about knitting him a series of colourful jumpers instead. Mrs Blagg, who is an area co-ordinator for the Safe Haven parrot rescue charity, has now knitted five jumpers for Charlie.
His wardrobe includes a blue one, an orange one, a green one and a white one, but his favourite is the original yellow one.
Mrs Blagg said: "I am quite tough but when I saw him I burst into tears.
"It was so sad. The worse abuse case I've seen.
"He had plucked himself. He had been eating his feathers to survive."
She added: "He was at death's door.
"I just wanted to give him a chance.
"He was extremely shut-down. He was very depressed. He wouldn't move or do anything, he just sat there.
"We had to feed him with a spoon because he couldn't eat on his own and he couldn't even perch because he was too weak.
"He just fell off. He was black and blue from falling off with his previous owner."
The charity rescued Charlie in 2007.
He is one of 16 parrots living in Mrs Blagg's home, all of which have been rescued by the charity.
Safe Haven, cares for parrots that are in need of a new home because of an owner becoming ill or other problems.
The charity also offers people the chance to foster parrots.
People who think they could offer a parrot a home can visit Safe Haven's website for more information at www.safehavenparrotrefuge.co.uk