For three days, Jessie the parrot was trapped on a roof.
The Macaw’s owner, understandably worried after the bird wouldn’t come home, called for help.
First, the RSPCA. But when they couldn’t lure the bird down, the London Fire Brigade was summoned Monday morning to a residence on Cuckoo Hall Lane in Edmonton. (The name of the street is no joke.)
“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,” watch manager Chris Swallow said.
(Yes, Swallow. Because this story needed to get better.)
Paul Wood captured what happened next. And, it is amazing.
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— Paul Embery (@PaulEmbery) August 13, 2018
The bird’s owner told fire crews to “bond with the parrot.”
“Tell her ‘I love you’, which is exactly what the crew manager did,” Swallow explained.
“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,” Swallow added.
Then, she simply flew away.
Parrot owner: To bond with her say ‘I love you’
Firefighter: ‘I love you’
Jessie the Parrot: ‘I love you’
Jessie then turned the air blue & flipped the firefighter the bird. Read the story of the potty-mouthed parrot in Cuckoo Hall Lane https://t.co/Th2nlVCq7I © @PaulWood1961 pic.twitter.com/XaT9BJjDmW
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) August 15, 2018
In sum, Jessie, “the potty-mouthed parrot turned the air blue and flipped the firefighter the bird,” before hopping down under her own steam, according to fire crews.
“Thankfully it soon became apparent that Jessie was fine and uninjured as she flew off to another roof and then to a tree,” firefighters said.
What a TWEET! #GreenWatch from #Edmonton with Wm SWALLOW as OIC called to CUCKOO Hall Lane to assist @RSPCA_official with a PARROT stuck on roof. However, after 3 days, the bird decided to fly off of its own accord. @PaulWood1961 @Natures_Voice #notjustfires #Birdpuns pic.twitter.com/gD6nq5ZNGO
— LFB Enfield (@LFBEnfield) August 13, 2018
The owner even provided a G-rated update.
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) August 14, 2018
Oh, and big birds aren’t the only things the London Fire Brigade will rescue.
Crews went on to snap up Max, the Jack Russell Terrier, which somehow managed to get wedged on a ledge.
“It seems Max managed to climb out of the window and then realised he couldn’t turn round on the ledge and was well and truly stuck,” crew manager Sean Sloan explained. “The owner was very distressed but we got him down and Max was fine – in fact he seemed to be quite pleased with all the attention he was getting.”
Max the Jack Russell was rescued by firefighters after he got himself in a bit of a predicament on a window ledge in #MaidaVale The curious canine managed to get out of a window and edged his way along – then realised he couldn’t turn back. https://t.co/oisjSVw84O © Susan Thomas pic.twitter.com/Yd8CwAxcmQ
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) August 13, 2018
Remember, always phone the RSCPA if you see an animal in distress.
If they cannot help, firefighters will.
Big or small, they’ll save them all.
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