A woman who went viral on social media after pleading for the world to find her missing parrot Chanel has told of her ‘heartbreak’ after her beloved bird has flown away again.
Sandra Hannah, 41, became an online sensation last year after she posted a video on Facebook of her parading the streets in Netherton, Liverpool and crying out ‘Chanel’ – the bird’s name.
Appearing on This Morning today, an emotional Sandra broke down in tears as she explained to presenters Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes how her African grey parrot has escaped again.
‘Well, she was out of her cage but she was upstairs,’ explained Sandra. ‘It’d been raining all day, and my son just wanted to play on his bike.’
‘So I went out to get his bike, shut the door behind me and was waiting for him in the street. He came out straight after me and left the door open and I didn’t check – and she just flew out.’
Sandra Hannah, 41, who became an online sensation last year after she posted a video on Facebook of her parading the streets in Netherton, Liverpool and crying out ‘Chanel’ – the bird’s name, appeared on This Morning today and revealed the parrot has gone missing again
Sandra Hannah, 41, became an online sensation last year after she posted a video on Facebook of her parading the streets in Netherton, Liverpool and crying out ‘Chanel’ – the bird’s name. Pictured, together
Ruth went on to ask Sandra whether she saw her fly over her head and knew what direction she had flown away in.
‘Yeah, she went towards the canal again because we live right next to it,’ she explained.
Noting they could see that Sandra was visibly upset, Ruth and Eamonn attempted to comfort her by saying that Chanel came home last time so not to ‘give up hope.’
‘But last time she came home it was the next day and this is the third day now and I just don’t know where she’ll be,’ replied a devastated Sandra.
Noting they could see that Sandra was visibly upset, Ruth and Eamonn (pictured, left) attempted to comfort her by saying that Chanel (right) came home last time so not to ‘give up hope.’
Ruth went on to ask that if anyone was to come across Chanel, how should they go about capturing her.
‘She’s so tame and she’ll be so scared now,’ said Chanel. ‘She’ll just be wanting to get anywhere safe. If anyone sees her, take a picture because we’ve been driving around everywhere because we’ve had so many false things.
‘Just take a picture, shout her name and out your hands out, she’ll come on you.’
Eamonn also asked Sandra to explain the circumstances in which Chanel went missing last time in the hope that it could perhaps be replicated this time round and bring the African grey parrot to safety.
‘She just knocked on someone’s window saying hello and they were like, “that’s a bird,’ explained Sandra. ‘She was just trying to get in somewhere safe. So I’m hoping she’s trying to get somewhere safe.’
Sandra (pictured) explained how Chanel is like her ‘fifth child’ – adding that for three years it’s just been the pair of them every single morning
‘They just put their hand out and she came to them.’
While Sandra was evidently devastated by Chanel’s disappearance, Ruth asked how the rest of her family were coping.
‘They’re all heartbroken,’ she explained. ‘She’s like my fifth child but for three years it’s just been me and her every single morning. She just sits on my shoulder while I have my coffee before anyone gets up. She even shares her coffee with me and tries to get in my cup.’
Noting the empty cage behind Sandra as she appeared on the ITV show via video link from her home, Eamonn suggested maybe leaving it outside to attract her.
‘It has been,’ said Sandra. ‘It’s been outside for three days.’
The video Sandra posted was seen by over 40,000 people and helped find her missing pet
Sandra previously spoke to Mail Online when footage of her pleading for the world to find her missing parrot first went viral.
‘We were sitting in the garden, all the doors were locked in the cage but her water bowl gate was open,’ Sandra told the MailOnline.
‘My neighbour started a drill going and she just bolted out the water bowl gate.
‘And I just thought what should I do? I thought I would share it on Facebook Live.’
Sandra insisted that it was ‘traumatic’ as she waited for a response from the video which was seen by over 40,000 people on Facebook alone.
‘We all cried all night. We were all saying a prayer, please come home Chanel. We were just all devastated.
Sandra was visibly upset as she called out for her parrot which had escaped from her garden
‘As soon as the light come up we were all out on the canal searching.’
Thankfully the mother of four’s parrot was found just over two miles from Sandra’s home.
‘On facebook, someone said: “I found your parrot”. She was knocking on a window in Seaforth saying “hello, hello ,hello”. I didn’t know the person, I didn’t even have her on Facebook.
‘If it wasn’t for Facebook I don’t think I would have found her. It was the worst day of my life, the worst.’
Sandra likes to post videos on her Facebook page for followers to see so that it brightens up their day if they are feeling down
Sandra had been posting videos with Chanel, who turned two that July, a year ago to cheer people up as she insisted that it ‘made people’s day’.
The family, who run a tyre business, also have three chickens, two dogs – one of whom is called Coco to match the perfume theme – as well as a gecko and some fish.
Sandra admitted she was ultimately overwhelmed with the response she received from the video.
‘The reaction of all social media, it just melted my heart. That many people got involved and they found my parot basically. I just want to thank the whole world.’