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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Parrot owner rescued from tree - after trying to capture escaped bird

Three fire engines were involved in a rescue in west Cumbria – after a parrot’s owner got stuck up a tree.

The strange 999 call came in at about 9pm yesterday, reporting that a local woman was stuck in a tree behind Sherwen’s Terrace, Egremont.

Jacqueline Nolan, of Sherwen’s Terrace, said: “I saw the parrot in the tree at about 5.30pm last night because there were lots of crows flying around it.

“We tried to track the owner down and finally found her through Facebook, she lives at Smithfield. She got here just before 7pm and put some ladders up against the tree. She got halfway up then she got stuck and she was shouting for us to help her. She then got her mobile phone out of her pocket and called the fire brigade.

“About three fire engines came and put up another ladder and climbed up and rescued her. But then Fred the parrot flew off, she never even got him.”

A spokesman for Whitehaven fire station said: “It seems the woman’s parrot had flown away, and landed at the very top of the tree.”

Firefighters used a ladder to reach the woman and bring her back down – but the parrot flew away.

“It was an African Grey parrot, which are quite valuable,” the spokesman said. “She was pretty keen to get it back. There was nothing we could do though. She was quite embarrassed.”

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