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Parrot missing for years returns speaking Spanish: '¿¡Qué Pasó?!' he kept yakking

TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 23:  A blue-and-yellow Macaw sits on display at the Tori-no Iru Cafe on February 23, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.  Located in Kiba, Tokyo, Tori-no Iru (Birds Cafe) is a cafe where people can get up close and interact with some exotic birds. Japan has an increasing number of pet cafes, where people can enjoy petting some live exotic animals while they eat and drink.  (Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 23: A blue-and-yellow Macaw sits on display at the Tori-no Iru Cafe on February 23, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Located in Kiba, Tokyo, Tori-no Iru (Birds Cafe) is a cafe where people can get up close and interact with some exotic birds. Japan has an increasing number of pet cafes, where people can enjoy petting some live exotic animals while they eat and drink. (Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner — and the bird now speaks Spanish.

The Daily Breeze reported Sunday the reunion was brought about by a Southern California woman, Julissa Sperling, who owns Happy Tails Dog Spa with her husband, Jonathan.

They originally thought it was Teresa Micco’s pet – another vet known in the community because she had numerous placed ads searching for her beloved ‘Benjamin,’ who flew away in February.

It’s really weird, I knew it was him from minute I saw him.

- Darren Dick

“I heard somebody whistling and saying, ‘Hello? Hello?’ ” Sperling told the Daily Breeze.

“I own a dog-grooming business so we put him in a little cage and brought him with us to the store,” she said. “He was the happiest bird. He was singing and talking without control. ... He was barking like the dogs. I’m from Panama and he was saying, ‘What happened?’ in Spanish.”

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After scanning the bird’s microchip and finding out it was not Micco’s ‘Benjamin,’ Sperling then tracked it to Darren Chick, a British man who lives in Torrance.

Little is known about Nigel's whereabouts the past four years, but Chick says the bird's British accent is gone and it now speaks Spanish.

According to the Daily Breeze, last week’s reunion was an emotional one but not a smooth one: at first Nigel tried to attack Chick when he tried to pick him up.

But all is understood, Chick told the paper. “He’s doing perfect,” he said, still a bit awed about the whole thing. “It’s really weird, I knew it was him from [the] minute I saw him.”

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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