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Sometimes the most unlikely moments are destined for immortality.
For example, who would think that a pet-owner’s desperate plea to find her missing parrot would blow up social media?
But that’s exactly what happened on April 19, 2020, when a Liverpool mum called Sandra shared a video begging for help to find her beloved African grey, Chanel.
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"Please everyone... my parrot’s gone," she said in the selfie-recording before crying at the top of her lungs: “CHANEEELLLL.”
The clip struck a chord with millions of viewers across the world, becoming an instant online sensation.
A Chanel the Parrot Twitter page was created in the bird and her “mam’s” honour.
Feel like pure shit just want the canal back x — Chanel The Parrot (@Chanel The Parrot)
And Sandra’s impassioned appeal was voted the “most iconic pop culture moment of 2020” in aTyla poll, beating the likes of Nigella’s “Meecrowahve” moment.
Fortunately, the saga had a happy ending, with Sandra and Chanel reunited just days after the fateful disappearance.
for all of you that are worried sick, I can confirm Chanel has since been found! 😍🦜 She has been reunited with our… https://t.co/IhRC9X8Nom — James (@James)
Now, exactly a year on from Sandra’s historic call for help, admirers have flocked back to their favourite platforms to pay homage to the iconic duo.
The Love of Huns Instagram account shared a commemorative post on Monday, writing: “It’s been a year since Chanel the parrot went missing…”
Within seconds followers paid tribute, with comments including: “Forever my fave vid,” and “never forget.”
Here’s how Twitter has responded:
I feel like a decade worth of stuff has happened since Chanel The Parrot antics and as of today it’s only been a ye… https://t.co/GkLIOtkIDj — Harrison Brocklehurst (@Harrison Brocklehurst)
a year ago today since chanel the parrot went missing and the world changed forever — jess (@jess)
i can’t believe it’s been a year since chanel the african grey parrot went missing, today really ought to be a bank holiday in its honour — Ben Johns (@Ben Johns)
Cant believe its been a whole year since chanel the parrot flew away 😩 https://t.co/gQ8MOKpxZE — Neil the HBIC (@Neil the HBIC)
Meanwhile, Sandra herself has acknowledged the very special anniversary.
She posted a recreation of the historic incident on Facebook, with the caption: “Omg a year ago. Soz, had to.”
Let’s hope for Sandra’s sake that Chanel doesn’t mark the occasion with another trip to the canal...