The role of firefighters is very important, and these brave guys risk their own lives to save people and animals in trouble on a daily basis.
Yet, it turns out, not everyone is grateful for being rescued.
A Macaw parrot called Jessie was trapped on a London roof for three days. Some people feared she was injured, and that was why she didn’t come down. Yet, she wasn’t very happy when a rescue team came to rescue her.
The London Fire Brigade was called amid concerns for Jessie and its welfare after owners and the RSPCA couldn’t get her down from the top of a house in Edmonton.
In “an effort to bond with the parrot”, the fire crew manager coaxed her with the words “I love you”, as animal experts instructed them.
London Fire Brigade Watch Manager Chris Swallow, who was at the scene, explained that the crew manager was the volunteer, willing to go up the ladder to try and bring Jessie down.
“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.”
He added that the bird also spoke Turkish and Greek, so they tried to tell her to come down in those languages too.
Jessie kept ignoring the attempts of the firefighters to convince her to come to safety.
Yet, she soon flew off to another roof, and then to a tree, and everyone saw she was fine and uninjured. She wasn’t that grumpy as she seemed after all, and she was perfectly well when finally reunited with her owner.
Swallow explained that as with this incident, the RSPCA should be contacted in the first instance. He encouraged all people to do the same in case they see an animal stuck or in distress.
However, if the RSPCA requires their assistance, they will call them and the firefighters would be happy to help with our specialist equipment.
After Jessie returned home of her own accord, her owner sent the firefighters a video, to thank them for their help.