A parrot was locked in a garage for three years after repeatedly shouting the name of his owner's dead wife in front of his new partner.
The Congo African Grey, called Roy, was so traumatised by his imprisonment he plucked out almost all his feathers.
But the 26-year-old bird is now being nursed back to health after being rescued by the UK's only parrot 'psychologist', Elaine Henley.
The Glasgow-based clinical behaviourist has helped owners of stressed parrots across the world deal with their pets' swearing, squawking and self-harming.
Ms Henley said: "I cover all kinds of problematic behaviour with parrots from swearing, to biting to feather-plucking which is essentially the birds self harming.
"They're incredibly human-like and have really quite complex needs. It's all about socialising and the right diet which when lacking can cause some really erratic behaviour in them."
The 44-year-old recently helped rescue Roy from a cold, dark garage in the south of England where he was kept in a small dogs cage.
She said parrot was very attached to his owner's wife, Sarah, and was in the habit of shouting her name.
Roy kept shouting Sarah's name even after she died and carried on when the owner's new partner moved in.
He had little access to food and water in the garage with only a brass bell for company.
Ms Henley admitted: "Roy takes prozac because he's so traumatised from his years in the garage which he will never get over.
"Before a vet prescribes the drug, though, they'll explore all other possible options that can be used to try stop their stress and troublesome behaviour."
The bird's vet has prescribed him 0.1ml of Amitriptyline a day - the same form of prozac which is also given to humans.
Ms Henley, who has another pet parrot called Milo, said things are looking up for Roy and he is settling into his new life - even picking up the local accent.
She said: "Just last week I walked on my two, Roy and Milo, having a conversation in the kitchen when they didn't think I was around.
"Milo was making a right racket so Roy turned around and said in a proper Glaswegian accent, which he has recently picked up, 'F*** off Milo'.
"They then started fighting over me with Roy saying 'my Elaine'. They're much smarter than people think and can genuinely be quite childlike at times."
March 28, 2014
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