London, United Kingdom
Jessie, a macaw parrot who lives in Edmonton, North London spent three days on a neighbour’s roof after escaping from her home.
After unsuccessful attempts by Jessie’s owner and the RSPCA to get her down, the London Fire Brigade were called in to help.
Watch Manager Chris Swallow, who attended the scene, explained, “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.”
A crew manager volunteered to climb a ladder and bring Jessie down.
The run-away bird’s owner had told the firefighters that to bond, they should tell her, “I love you,” which they did.
At first Jessie was happy to return the sentiment, before changing her mind and repeatedly swearing at the would be rescuer.
“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,” said Chris.
“Jessie also speaks Turkish and Greek, so we tried telling her to ‘come’ in both those languages too,” he added.
Soon it became clear Jessie wasn’t injured at all, and had only stayed on the roof because she wanted too.
After finishing her explicit rant and becoming bored with the firefighters efforts, she flew to another roof, then a tree, then back home.
The London Fire Brigade has continuously asked the public not to dial 999 for stuck animals following a large increase in calls.
Recently, the service has been called to an iguana on a roof, a chimp in a chimney, and a kitten stuck in a bongo drum.
If you live in the UK and have an animal rescue issue, the official advice is to call the RSPCA who will call the fire services themselves if they are unable to help.
As for Jessie. She’s now safely back home where she reluctantly told the firefighters she loves them in a video message.
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) August 14, 2018
Feature Image Credit: London Fire Brigade.