George puts his stamp on mail run

GEORGE the sulphur-crested cockatoo is a beloved family pet, but he was born to be wild.

His owner, Bob Johnston of Aberdeen, is a postman in the Upper Hunter town of Aberdeen.

Perched on a specially built frame on Mr Johnston's postie bike, George has become a regular on the mail run and everybody loves him.

It appears George was destined for an unusual life.

A friend of Mr Johnston's found the young cockatoo in the bush, where he had fallen out of the nest.

"He didn't have any feathers," Mr Johnston said.

"He was the runt of the litter."

Settling into town life without a hitch, George has taken to the Johnstons' lifestyle.

As well as his perch on the postie bike, Mr Johnston's wife, Carole, carries George with her when the couple go cruising on their Yamaha 1300 Royal.

"This one has a real soft nature," Mr Johnston said of his pet, who has been on the mail run for the past 18 months.

"He is part and parcel of Aberdeen now," Mr Johnston said.

George, who has one wing clipped, only stays in a cage if his family goes away.

"He just wanders around the house," Mr Johnston said.

Mr Johnston is planning to retire from the postal service in about four years, but as sulphur-crested cockatoos can live for up to 80 years, George has plenty of time for some serious cruising.

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