Budgie spotted trying to get a lift

This budgie’s attempts at hitching a ride on a passenger jet was foiled by eagle-eyed staff at London City Airport.

The budgerigar was rescued and re-homed last week after flying into the landing gear of an E190 aircraft.

Airport safety and operations staff saw the budgie trying to hitch a lift on the aircraft and jumped into action.

They shut down the aircraft’s engines and captured the little bird. Although they tried to find his owner, they were unsuccessful and he has been temporarily housed at an employee relative’s aviary in East Ham.

Reports confirm that he is thriving in his new environment but the budgie’s new foster family are prepared to return their newest addition if his owner comes forward.

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So if you recognise the budgie or are his owner, contact the airport.

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