London, Nov 20 : A pet cockatiel that went missing for two days was reunited again with his owners after he spoke with them on the phone.
Smokey had gone missing over the weekend after flying out of the door of David Edwards' home in Gwersyllt, near Wrexham.
His adventures came to a stop two miles away in Bellevue Park when he perched on accountant Sue Hill's shoulder.
Hill immediately took him in and phoned the RSPCA, which put her in touch with Edwards who had reported his cockatiel missing, but in order to confirm that the bird belonged to them, she put the bird on the phone.
"I was given a phone number for the man, Mr Edwards, but I wanted to be sure he was the actual owner," the Telegraph quoted her as saying.
"I called and spoke to his wife who told me her pet was called Smokey and asked me to put him on the phone.
"As soon as he heard her voice, he stopped chirping and began saying 'Smokey,' it was very funny.
"That was the first time the bird had spoken and it was then I was sure that he belonged to them," Hill added.
It was enough to reassure the rescuer that she was speaking to the right people.
Edwards said he was "over the moon" to have Smokey back after a "heartbreaking" weekend.