A foul-mouthed parrot, who was stuck on the roof of a London home for three days, told firefighters to “f**k off” when they tried to come to her aid.
Jessie the Macaw parrot escaped from her home in Cuckoo Hall Lane in the Edmonton area of London and got trapped on a neighbor’s roof. After the bird’s owner and the RSPCA animal charity failed to coax her down they called in the fire brigade to resolve the situation..
The owner told the firefighter to say “I love you” as he approached Jessie to bond with her and to get her to co-operate. However the affectionate words fell on deaf ears as Jessie told her rescuer to “f**k off”.
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Watch Manager Chris Swallow, who was at the scene, said: “We then discovered that she had a bit of a foul mouth and kept swearing, much to our amusement.”
The parrot and its owner also speak Turkish and Greek, so the firefighter tried to talk to her in those languages however that also proved fruitless and the bird continued to swear.
It soon became clear that, contrary to her owner’s fears, Jessie wasn’t injured. After she finished excoriating her rescuer the bird simply flew off towards its owner.
“Thankfully it soon became apparent that Jessie was fine and uninjured as she flew off to another roof and then to a tree,”Swallow explained.
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The London Fire Brigade has repeatedly asked people not to contact it looking for help with trapped animals. A spokesperson said Jessie’s owner did the correct thing by not contacting it until had already contacted the RSPCA and had exhausted all other options.
“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.”