A PET lover has been left astonished as her lost pet parrot was found in Beith, after going missing from her home in Cumbernauld - some 31 miles away.

Lorrett Mccutcheon looked to pass on her thanks, and share her amazement, after her pet Albert Sebastian was returned safe and well.

The parrot, who is only one-year-old, went missing from Lorrett's home in Cumbernauld on Sunday, September 11, after he picked the lock of his cage and managed to escape.

It was much to the dismay of the bird lover, and members of staff at the Albert Bartlett Potato company. Albert the parrot was named after the company when a group of staff fundraised for the patients and families at St Andrew's Hospice, where Lorrett works, shortly after she got the pet.

Lorrette commented: "The whole community in Cumbernauld was looking for him, it was getting shared everywhere on Facebook was sharing everywhere.

"Days passed and I began to lose hope of him surviving in the wild as he didn't have the skills."

But all hope was not lost, as at 9pm on Thursday, September 14, Lorrett's husband received a message from a local community page with a picture of "my boy".

"They had messaged to say a parrot had been found in Beith," she explained, "he had managed to fly that far."

"He was found around a farmer's field with someone walking their dog! What are the chances of being found? Miracles do happen."

Lorrett also looked to pass on massive thanks to those who did find and safely capture Albert.

"I must give a massive thanks to Emma Kennedy and Sheena Violet for their kindness in making sure Albert Sebastian was returned to his home," she said, "and special thanks to MBM Vets for taking care of my precious boy."

Lorrett says that her parrot is now home, resting and eating plenty as he recovers from his trip to North Ayrshire.