Foul-mouthed parrot swears at firefighters during roof rescue

A firefighter gets personal with a parrot (Picture: London Fire Brigade)

Firefighters were given a rough ride by a foul-mouthed parrot during an attempted roof rescue.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called to rescue the animal after it spent three days sitting on its owner’s neighbour’s roof.

But when a firefighter attempted to lure it down, the animal told him to “f*** off”, witnesses said.


Luckily, the fire brigade saw the funny side of the incident, which happened in Edmonton, London.

“Jessie the Macaw parrot had escaped its home in Cuckoo Hall Lane, Edmonton and spent three days sitting on a neighbours roof,” said the LFB.

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“With Jessie’s owner and the RSPCA unsuccessful in their attempts to lure the parrot down, the Brigade was called.

Watch manager Chris Swallow, who attended the scene, said: “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.

The parrot had some choice words for the firefighter (Picture: London Fire Brigade)

“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.”

The LFB said people should contact the RSPCA in the first instance if they see an animal stuck or in distress. The RSPCA will then contact the fire brigade if they need assistance.