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A parrot stuck on a roof for three days had choice words to say to firefighters who came to its aid this morning.
Jessie the Macaw parrot had escaped its home in Cuckoo Hall Lane, Edmonton and spent three days sitting on a neighbours roof. With Jessie’s owner and the RSPCA unsuccessful in their attempts to lure the parrot down, the Brigade was called.
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Watch Manager Chris Swallow, who was at the scene, said: “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.
“Our crew manager was the willing volunteer who went up the ladder to try and bring Jessie down. We were told that to bond with the parrot, you have to tell her ‘I love you’, which is exactly what the crew manager did.
“While Jessie responded ‘I love you’ back, we then discovered that she had a bit of a foul mouth and kept swearing, much to our amusement. Jessie also speaks Turkish and Greek, so we tried telling her to ‘come’ in both those languages too.
“Thankfully it soon became apparent that Jessie was fine and uninjured as she flew off to another roof and then to a tree.
“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.”
The Brigade was called at 1106 and the incident was over for firefighters at 1208. One fire engine from Edmonton fire station attended the scene.
Update: Jessie returned home of her own accord on Monday afternoon. Her owner later sent the firefighters who came to help her a video of Jessie thanking them.