In a week of chaotic and contentious news, a foul-mouthed parrot might be just the distraction you need. The avian troublemaker was stuck up on a rooftop and refused the assistance of the firefighters who came to his rescue. The closer they got to the bird, the more it shared its opinion on their rescue attempts.
Jessie is a yellow and blue Macaw. The bird was stuck on a roof in Edmonton, North London. Jessie had been there for three days before the London Fire Brigade was called in to get the pet down.
They tried to lure the hungry bird with food, but the bird simply told the firefighters to “f*** off.”
“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,” LFB Watch Manager Chris Swallow told reporters.
“We then discovered that she had a bit of a foul mouth and kept swearing, much to our amusement.”
The swearing parrot is only part of the story. Jessie can actually fly. The bird, which can fly, was stuck on a roof.
After mouthing off to the firefighter, the bird flew to another roof.
This left the firefighters a bit bemused. The bird then flew to a tree, and then back to its owner.
“This does happen quite a bit,” LadBible writes. “In fact, the Fire Service has repeatedly asked for members of the public not to call them first if a pet gets stuck somewhere.”
“You are supposed to call the RSPCA and see if they can deal with it. If they can’t and need – let’s say – a gigantic ladder, or some specialist equipment, they will then call the fire brigade.”
The firefighters handled it in stride, but issued a statement about proper protocol. “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.”
For those of you keeping score at home, that’s the British firefighter’s way of telling pet owners exactly what Jessie told them.