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COTTON PECKIN'.

Byline: JOHN MAYOR

OFFICE workers are all of a flutter after an unexpected visitor.

The rare guest with bright yellow, green and orange plumage turned out to be a tropical love bird that appeared exhausted and hungry.

Staff at the Cotton Exchange in Old Hall Street, Liverpool, took in the tiny creature and named him Joey.

He has a ring on his right leg and it is thought he may have escaped from an aviary.

He was found by John Marsh, building supervisor for Langleycourt Ltd, who operate the Cotton Exchange.

John,51, said: ``I saw him flying around in the courtyard. It is open to the sky, but he was clearly too exhausted to make it out of the place on his own.

``It was in need of food and water so we took him in and he perked up when we put him in a cage.

``He's beautiful and has been keeping us amused, tweeting away all day.''

Joey is a pastel yellow fischer -known as a love bird -and native to the Ser-engeti national park, Tanzania.

The species make popular pets for pounds 25 to pounds 75.

David Chan, 28, building manager for Langleycourt, added: ``If anyone can prove he is theirs, we will gladly hand him back.''

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 11, 2003
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