This young woman's parrot helps her cope with anxiety

Meet the young Aussie, 25, whose hilarious talking parrot Hamlet has earned her more than 4.2MILLION followers – as she shares how the little bird has helped her through dark times

  • Bridget Chant was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) at age 10
  • The young Aussie, 25, learnt to cope with anxiety by painting and singing 
  • But when she moved out of home at 18 she often struggled daily 
  • In 2018 she decided to buy an Indian ringneck parrot she named Hamlet 
  • Over time Hamlet started mimicking Bridget and was her only company in 2020 
  • The pair have 4.2million TikTok followers after sharing wholesome videos online 

A young sales assistant who used to paint to cope with her anxiety has found comfort in a talking feathered friend.

Bridget Chant, from Toowoomba, Queensland, was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) at age 10 and often struggles with daily tasks today.

When she moved out of home at 18 to study at university her struggles worsened and she had to learn how to manage her anxiety.

‘I was very good at keeping it all bottled in and putting on a brave face, so at the end of the day I’d have huge anxiety attacks,’ Bridget, 25, told FEMAIL.

But in 2018 she decided to get an Indian ringneck parrot she named Hamlet who acts a ‘like a therapist’.

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Bridget Chant (left) was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) at age 10 and often struggles with daily tasks today. But in 2018 the now 25-year-old decided to get an Indian ringneck parrot she named Hamlet (right) who acts a ‘like a therapist

Bridget said she used to speak to Hamlet as if he were human to have someone to talk to – and still does today. 

‘I was living by myself so he was my only company for a while,’ she said.

In 2018 as the pair slowly bonded, Hamlet started mimicking sounds at seven months old.

‘At first the sounds he made weren’t recognisable but sounded familiar,’ she said, adding: ‘The first thing he ever copied back to me was a whistle.’

Over time she kept asking ‘What are you doing?’ after a long day of work, then one day Hamlet responded with his own ‘Hello, what doing?’

He’s also leant how to say ‘Kisses’, ‘Good morning’, ‘Huh?’, ‘What do?’, ‘Good boy’, ‘What?’, ‘Why?’ and mimics laughter. 

Bridget described the breed of bird as ‘very intelligent’ that can ‘sense tension in a room’ – and for Hamlet he has a strong sense of comedic timing who always ‘says the right thing at the right time’. 

During her childhood Bridget had a pet cockatiel named Cinnamon who used to help her cope and focus. She decided to buy Hamlet in 2018 from an ethical breeder soon after Cinnamon passed away 

In 2020 when Aussies were stuck at home due to the pandemic Bridget started making videos on TikTok – and eventually Hamlet joined in.

Today the duo’s TikTok page @chantyb97 has more than 4.2million followers who adore Hamlet and his humorous charm – with one video racking up 104million views.

Bridget said Indian ringneck parrots have a life expectancy of anywhere from 25 up to 40 years old.

As the pair slowly bonded, Hamlet started mimicking sounds at seven months old. ‘At first the sounds he made wasn’t anything recognisable but it sounded familiar,’ she said, adding: ‘The first thing he ever copied back to me was a whistle.’

During her childhood Bridget had a pet cockatiel named Cinnamon who used to help her cope and focus.

‘She was a birthday gift from my parents and it was nice to have something small to nurture,’ she said.

Unfortunately when Bridget was 20, the gorgeous 10-year-old bird died after being attacked by a cat.

Shortly after Bridget decided to was time to get another bird. 

To keep Hamlet safe, all doors must be shut at all times and the two pet dogs aren’t allowed inside.

He has a cage to sleep in and has full range of the house to fly in when Bridget is home.

Bridget said she used to speak to Hamlet as if he were human to have someone to talk to – and still does today. Today the duo’s TikTok page @chantyb97 has more than 4.2million followers who adore Hamlet and his humorous charm

Bridget warned those wanting to get a bird, particularly Indian ringnecks, need to be committed to their care and need. 

‘It’s not for everybody, but Hamlet and I have a partnership – he’s not just a pet, he’s my friend,’ she said. 

Prior to buying Hamlet, Bridget researched and got in touch with an ethical breeder. 

‘Originally I wanted a yellow male parrot, but when I saw the photo of the little blue bird I thought he was perfect,’ she said.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with anxiety, call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 for confidential assistance.  

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