Bird lover turns kind offer down
AGE and poor health have forced Nina Morgan to turn down the kind offer of a new parrot to replace her beloved Tarbu who died aged 55.
The late bird, who lived with its owner in Magdalen Road, St Leonard's, is believed to have been the oldest African Grey parrot recorded in captivity. His death was reported in the Echo and was seen by fellow Exeter parrot owner Sue Conley of Queen Street.
Mrs Conley, 59, said: "I was very touched by the story and how Mrs Morgan was so upset by the death of her bird.
"I have been unwell and have to go into hospital and I wondered if she would like to look after my bird, Bell, who is a six-year-old Senegal parrot I have had since she was a chick.
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"My daughter in Exmouth has been looking after him when I have been away but she is working more and more hours and it seems unfair.
"I would be happy if someone like Mrs Morgan, who obviously knows a lot about parrots, was able to have Bell.
"Like Tarbu Bell talks quite a lot and is learning new words all the time. I would not hand him over to anybody, but Mrs Morgan knows how to look after parrots."
Mrs Morgan said she was delighted by the offer.
"How kind and generous of this lovely lady.
"Sadly I think that age and poor health mean I cannot take on a parrot . I do miss Tarbu terribly but it would not be fair to take on Bell, but it was a lovely offer and I will be in touch with Mrs Conley. She is very kind."
Tarbu, whose name is Swahili for trouble, was born in Tanganyika, now Tanzania and was purchased there by Mr and Mrs Morgan for their son Christopher. The parrot stayed with the family when they returned to Exeter.