Animal keeper Charlie Simpson was stunned by the unique marriage proposal from her partner of five years.
Hubby-to-be John Stirling had spent the last few weeks working in cahoots with the other animal keepers, who secretly trained Charlie’s favourite bird, a lesser crested sulphur cockatoo named Zoe, to carry a ring to present to her as part of the proposal.
The team had been working hard to keep the secret for nearly a month, since plans for the proposal were first made at another colleague’s wedding.
Charlie did not suspect a thing as Zoe swooped in and dropped the ring into the bowl in front of her.
She didn’t realise it was a marriage proposal until her partner John was announced as a special guest with a BIG question for her by keeper Louise Moody, whilst the crowd cheered him on. John got down on one knee and Charlie went to pieces and said yes.
John was extremely nervous before the big proposal and said: “I always knew that I wanted to do something with the parrots, as it was always going to be a definite way to get her to say yes! I have been planning this for at least a year. Not telling her and trying to keep all of her friends and family quiet has been the hardest challenge of my life.”
Charlie was absolutely thrilled, surrounded by her family afterwards she said: “This is insane, I can’t get my head around it. I felt like, is this a dream? I didn’t even have an inkling.”
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