Lola leads 77-year-old on wild parrot chase

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 August 2012

Ronald Syms with Lola the Parrot

Ronald Syms with Lola the Parrot


WHEN Ronald Syms’ macaw parrot Lola went missing on Friday– he didn’t know where to turn.

But thanks to the kindness of strangers the pensioner was reunited with the avian tearaway after a daring rescue attempt 20ft up a tree.

The parrot flew away from Mr Syms’ house in Martindale Court in Weston on Friday evening, and 77-year-old Mr Syms and his fiancée Sheila Thorley spent that evening trying vainly to find the feathered escapee.

The next day Ms Thorley, who suffers from osteoarthritis, spent a further two hours in the early morning trying to find Lola before, alongside Mr Syms, they resumed the search in the area.

After alerting the police, a member of the public phoned Mr Syms and told him the bird was sat up a tree in Baytree Road, but it flew away before they could reach it.

Eventually, at about 6.30pm, they found the bird up a tree in Teasal Walk in Locking Castle.

With the help of several bystanders, one of whom found a ladder to put up against the tree Lola was sitting in, Mr Syms managed to retrieve his pet.

He said: “I don’t think I could do it again, but I had to do it to get Lola down. Everyone clapped and cheered when I got back down.

“I’d like to thank everyone who helped me very much indeed.”

Pictured: Ronald Syms with Lola.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Weston Mercury. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Most Read

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Most Read

Latest from the Weston Mercury