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Published on August 27th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

And Finally….

One of those heartwarming tales of animal magic now, as Leonard the Dalek-impersonating African Grey parrot has been found safe and well, and returned to his family.

Not only does he do the Daleks – Leonard also joins in with the pips that herald the news on BBC Radio 4 as well as knowing YMCA by Village People.

Maya Brandt and Ian Chaney described themselves as "frantic" after Leonard flew out of their workshop window near Bristol, and thankfully turned up in the Brislington area of the city.

Ms Brandt, 50, said: "It’s fantastic to have him back – he’s such a laugh.

"My nephews Magnus, nine, and Izaac, 13, taught him to say ‘exterminate’ like a Dalek and he also says ‘alright my lover’ and ‘alright ma’.

"You do have to watch what you say in front of him but his comic timing is brilliant."

Leonard was found and returned after an appeal by Mr Chaney.

Altogether now: "Awwww."

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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