An animal charity issued an appeal today claiming the credit crunch has seen a huge rise in the number of abandoned – PARROTS.
Officials at Birdline UK said the recession has seen it take in a record number of unwanted parrots over the last two years.
The economic downturn has lead to hard-up owners giving up or abandoning the popular birds in a bid to save money.
Kevin Powell, of Birdline UK Parrot Rescue, says the charity is currently ”inundated” with unwanted birds.
He said: ”Parrots can live for 65 years and people don’t realise they are a lifetime commitment.
”We are finding that as marriages break down or people are having to move to rented accommodation, they have to give up their pets.”
The charity has looked after 15,000 parrots since it started in 1992. To donate a cage or to rehome a bird visit www.parrot-rescue.org.uk.