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BROTHERS Harrison (9) and George (7) were devastated when the cockatiel they had watched develop from its egg went missing from its home in the St Leonards area on July 11.

A search was launched and an appeal went out on Facebook to locate Rio, described as ‘grey with white spots and yellow tail feathers, very young and wolf whistles’, who had only joined their household in May.

Scores of people responded to say they were searching for him, and a number of possible sitings were reported, together with advice on enticing him home (including playing a recording of a female cockatiel!)

Happily he was found two days later the family were out for a walk, and as they crossed the black Preetz Bridge on the meadows, he heard them and flew straight over to join them.

The boys’ father Lloyd Overton said: “The response was very touching and shows the positive side to Facebook and social media and also some of the kind, considerate and caring people we have in our town.”

Rio is pictured with the boys on the day he arrived, in his carrier after he was found, and united with both brothers.

Brothers Harrison and George reunited with Rio

Harrison and George with Rio on the day he arrived with them

Harrison with the recaptured cockatiel