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Jorgie's big adventure in Aberdeenshire comes to a happy end

By Kirsty Brown

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A Newmachar couple were delighted to welcome home their budgie Jorgie after she spent three weeks on a solo tour of Aberdeenshire.

It was a devastating moment for animal lovers Penny Main and Paul Wilkinson when Jorgie escaped while they cleaned her cage on July 4, and it was an incredible relief when photos of her hanging out in people's gardens started to appear.

She was first spotted in Tarves, then at Ythan Estuary near Newburgh, then again in Tarves before moving on to Oldmeldrum, but sightings were also reported from Cuminestown and Whiterashes.

Sightings of Jorgie, like this one in an Oldmeldrum garden, gave Penny and Paul hope.
Sightings of Jorgie, like this one in an Oldmeldrum garden, gave Penny and Paul hope.

When people stopped posting sightings early last week Paul and Penny feared the worst, but the story was to have a happy ending when Jorgie was finally caught by a St Katherines resident and brought to the New Arc Sanctuary near Ellon.

When the couple went to pick her up it appeared that Jorgie was as delighted to see them as they were to see her, and she quickly settled back into life at home.

During her escapades Jorgie grew herself a bit of a fan club who were rooting for her safe return, and many were delighted to hear that her adventure had come to an end.

Jorgie is now settling in nicely at home.
Jorgie is now settling in nicely at home.

Penny said: "Jorgie is a huge part of our family, and when she escaped we were devastated - we clearly underestimated her ability to survive on her own!"

"She was spotted in various spots over Aberdeenshire.

"Sightings went quiet from Monday to Thursday and we started to lose hope and wondered if she was still around, then much to our utter disbelief Jorgie was finally caught by a lovely women in St Katherines and brought to New Arc Sanctuary in Ellon

"When we picked her up from New Arc we wondered if she would want to come home with us since it sounded like she had been living any budgie's dream touring Aberdeenshire, but she instantly recognised her dad's voice and seemed ecstatic to be reunited with us.

"Since having her home she’s settled back in very quickly, waking us up early bells in the morning with her usual upbeat Jorgie chatter - it is a familiar sound we missed dearly.

"Our dogs Buddy and Lucy are also delighted to have her home and she greeted Buddy with her usual cheeky peck on his nose!

"Our hearts are very full having our Jorgie home again and even more so for the love she has received on various Facebook pages.

"The response has been phenomenal and we are truly grateful for everyone’s love towards our gorgeous girl.

"She is now grounded for the foreseeable!"

It was a happy reunion for Jorgie and Paul at New Arc.
It was a happy reunion for Jorgie and Paul at New Arc.

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