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Furniture store's latest addition is flying off shelves; barry the budgie in a flap after losing his way in ikea.

Byline: NICOLE MORLEY Content Editor nicole.morley@reachplc.com @ChronicleLive

STAFF at IKEA were paid a surprise visit from a feathery friend.

'Barry' the budgie, affectionately named by the employee who found him, was discovered trapped in a stationery cupboard at the IKEA store on Metro Park West, Gateshead.

It's believed the bird was attempting to shelter from high winds when he ended up trapped in the store on September 28.

Following their unusual discovery, the budgie was coaxed safely into a box by IKEA staff, who then called the RSPCA.

Animal Collection Officer (ACO) Terence Haley, who collected the bird from the store, said: "Little Barry was in a flap before IKEA staff managed to contain him in a box and contact us.

"Luckily, he was in a good condition but he has no ID ring or microchip and we are still looking for his owner.

"There are no houses close to the industrial estate so he could have come from further afield.

"There were high winds that day so it's possible he could have blown in from tens of miles away."

Terence added: "He was seeking sanctuary inside IKEA from the weather and also as an exotic, blue bird he stands out and is at risk of predation from magpies and other predators, so he was very lucky to take refuge in the furniture store."

Describing the budgie as 'very friendly', Terence said the bird was clearly used to being handled and must be somebody's pet.

Details about the budgie have since been posted on PetsLocated to see if an owner can be traced, but nobody has come forward just yet.

Until his owner is located, Barry will be cared for by the RSPCA Great Ayton Animal Centre.

If his owner is not found, he will be available for rehoming.

Speaking of their exotic visitor, Mike Parker, Store Manager at IKEA Gateshead, said: "We are delighted to hear he is doing well and we hope his owner reaches out to the RSPCA soon to take him back home."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 27, 2018
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