Firefighters in North London have suffered some bizarre verbal abuse in recent days at the hands of a potty-mouthed parrot.
The Fire Rescue Service was called to Cuckoo Hall Lane in Edmonton after a resident’s macaw parrot escaped and took up long-term residence on a neighbour’s roof.
According to reports, Jessie the parrot hung around on the roof for three whole days – with RSPCA representatives (and the parrot’s doting owner) unsuccessful in their efforts to coax the creature down without the help of the emergency services.
When the Fire Rescue Service arrived, the plot thickened, after the bird begun chirping obscenities at its intended saviours – some of which were even in Turkish and Greek.
“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,” watch manager Chris Swallow said.
“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 soon discovered that she had a bit of a foul mouth and kept swearing, much to our amusement!”
Firefighters’ efforts to tell Jessie to “come” in English, Turkish and Greek proved unsuccessful for a long while until, eventually, the bird decided to fly back down to its owner.