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Missing parrot reunited with anxious owner in Pottsboro

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An African gray parrot named Nico flew away from his owner's home in Pottsboro, Texas. (KTEN) An African gray parrot named Nico flew away from his owner's home in Pottsboro, Texas. (KTEN)
Lauren Skidmore found Nico on her porch, then posted photos on social media to find his owner. (Courtesy) Lauren Skidmore found Nico on her porch, then posted photos on social media to find his owner. (Courtesy)
Lauren Skidmore cared for Nico while she tried to find his owner. (KTEN) Lauren Skidmore cared for Nico while she tried to find his owner. (KTEN)
Nico was reunited with owner Fredrick Leatherman. (KTEN) Nico was reunited with owner Fredrick Leatherman. (KTEN)

POTTSBORO, Texas -- A feathered friend that was lost in the cold for more than three days was reunited with its owner Sunday following a desperate search.

Frederick Leatherman said Nico, his African grey parrot, disappeared last Wednesday.

"Last I saw him he was headed toward Nighthawk [Drive]," he said. "So there I was going around, calling out his name... silence."

Leatherman said Nico escaped when he stepped outside to take care of his cat. He had been been worried sick ever since.

"I was concerned about a hawk, perhaps, or at night perhaps an owl... but I was more worried about the weather," he said, adding that African grey parrots are capable of traveling up to 80 miles a day.

It turns out this highly intelligent tropical bird traveled just a few blocks away to the home of Lauren Skidmore, who found Nico shivering on her porch. 

Realizing that the bird was freezing, she brought it inside and wrote a Facebook post looking for its owner.

"We are pet lovers; we've got four dogs," Skidmore said. "If one of my dogs was missing, it would just break my heart."

After spending nearly 24 hours searching, Skidmore was finally able to reunite Nico and with his owner.

"The bird immediately went to him, and I knew exactly that was his bird," she said.

The discovery left Frederick Leatherman speechless, but thankful to have his friend back on his shoulder once again.

"I feel stunned," he said. "I'm just so relieved!"

Leatherman, a retired attorney, told us he planned to give Nico his favorite snack -- peanuts -- when they got back home.

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