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The drama began on Sunday (19 April) as Sandra Hannah was sitting in her garden, with the almost two-year-old parrot Chanel escaping from her cage via the water bowl gate.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, 40-year-old Sandra said: "We were sitting in the garden, all the doors were locked in the cage but her water bowl gate was open.
"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."
The subsequent stream was viewed by 40,000 people, with an emotional Sandra calling out in the street for her beloved Chanel and pleading for locals to help find the African Grey - who she insisted was friendly despite her frequent swearing.
The mum-of-four barely caught a wink of sleep that night, with the family 'devastated' by the parrot's disappearance.
She said: "We all cried all night. We were all saying a prayer, please come home Chanel. We were just all devastated.
"As soon as the light come up we were all out on the canal searching."
Fortunately though, the family were able to call off the search after somebody got in touch to say they'd found Chanel around two miles from their home.
Sandra said: "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."
Indeed, if it hadn't been for Facebook - and the popularity of her live stream - Sandra knows she may never have found Chanel, whose return has made her whole again after 'the worst day of her life'.
She said: "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.
"The reaction of all social media, it just melted my heart. That many people got involved and they found my parrot basically. I just want to thank the whole world."
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