Firefighters Rescue a Swearing Parrot Stranded on a Roof

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Published: August 15, 2018
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Officers from the London Fire Brigade (LFB) answered quite the unconventional call on Monday, August 13. A blue and yellow Macaw parrot named Jessie had been stuck on her owners’ roof for three days and still hadn’t come down. There were fears that the distressed parrot might have been injured, which could be the reason she hadn’t come down.

When the fire crew arrived at the scene, the instructions were clear: take a bowl of food up, bring a soft, fluffy white towel, and, most importantly, say “I love you” to Jessie.  

The firefighter had followed all given instructions, and it seemed that Jessie was starting to warm up to him, as the talking parrot responded with, “I love you.”

But soon, things started to fly—er, turn—south.

The talking parrot started to fire off profanities, and told the firefighter to “f*** off.”

Chris Swallow from the Green Watch team at Edmonton fire station spoke to Metro UK about the unique incident: “Jessie had been on the same roof for three days and there were concerns that she may be injured which is why she hadn’t come down. We then discovered that she had a bit of a foul mouth and kept swearing, much to our amusement.”

Jessie, however, wasn’t injured, and in fact, had her own agenda. After the talking parrot got her final last curse words in, she then flew off on her own to another roof, then to a tree where she was later reunited with her owner.

There were no hard feelings from the LFB after the encounter with the swearing parrot. Jessie’s owner later released a video where the parrot coyly says thank you to the LFB.

The LFB noted that firefighters should only be called as a last resort for stranded animals.

“As with this incident, the RSPCA should be contacted in the first instance and we would always urge people to do the same if they see an animal stuck or in distress. If the RSPCA require our assistance, they will call us and we are happy to assist with our specialist equipment,” said a spokesperson from the LFB.

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