An abusive parrot named Jessie got stuck on a roof for three days and proceeded to continually scream “f**k off” at firefighters when they tried to rescue her.
Jessie, the multi-lingual Macaw, flipped after escaping from her owner’s home in Edmonton, north London.
When Jessie, a turquoise and yellow Macaw parrot, couldn’t be lured down from a neighbor’s roof, officers from London Fire Brigade were called to rescue her.
The fire crew quickly sent a volunteer up a ladder with a bowl of food and a fluffy white towel to rescue the bird, complete with instructions from the owner to tell Jess “I love you,” to coax her to come down by flattery.
A Twitter LFB-issued statement joked, ‘Jessie then turned the air blue & flipped the firefighter the bird.’
The efforts by Green Watch from Edmonton station to charm the bird went smoothly at first, and she responded positively, telling the rescuer that she loved him back.
But, Jessie soon launched a foul-mouthed tirade against the rescuers, telling the firefighters to “f*** off.”
Watch Manager Chris Swallow explained the incident:
“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.”
“Our crew manager was the willing volunteer who went up the ladder to try and bring Jessie down.”
“We were told that to bond with the parrot, you have to tell her ‘I love you,’ which is exactly what the crew manager did.”
“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.”
“Jessie also speaks Turkish and Greek, so we tried telling her to ‘come’ in both those languages too.”
“Thankfully, it soon became apparent that Jessie was fine and uninjured as she flew off to another roof and then to a tree.”
Jessie and her owner also speak Turkish and Greek, so the LFB tried to tell her “I love you” and “come” in both languages.
But Jessie, again, met adulation with expletives.
Chris Swallow also explained Jessie’s owner was worried that the bird may have been injured, given her lengthy sojourn on the roof.
It was at this point, the parrot revealed she wasn’t hurt at all when she flew off to hang on another roof, then a tree, and finally back to her owner
Since Jessie wasn’t injured, the fire crew left her on her perch.