Sue and David Blair with their Cockatoo and Senior Fire Fighter Geoff Dixon who helped rescue Clarry after he escaped from his enclosure.
Sue and David Blair with their Cockatoo and Senior Fire Fighter Geoff Dixon who helped rescue Clarry after he escaped from his enclosure. David Nielsen

Firefighters save feathered friend

CLARRY the cockatoo might have to work at extending his vocabulary to say "thank you" to the Ipswich firefighters who saved his feathers.

The three-year-old native parrot's adventurous instincts landed him in a spot of bother at the weekend, when he ended up perched about 30m up a gum tree near his owners' Deebing Heights home.

The sight of a cocky sitting high on a branch may not be out of the ordinary in this part of the world, but Clarry had his poor owners fretting, for as a caged bird with clipped wings, he isn't what you'd describe as a frequent flyer.

David Blair, who received Clarry as a birthday present from his daughter last year, said the firies were called in as a last resort.

"My daughter had just put some water in his cage and somehow, sometime after that, he managed to get out," Mr Blair said.

"When I saw Clarry 30m up in that tree I thought that's it - that's the end of him."

Firefighters were called in sometime after 10am Sunday morning, with an initial plan of attack to nudge the parrot out gently by squirting it with the fire hose.

"He didn't want to budge so we had to just wet his wings with a gently spray, in the hope he would fly down to a lower tree," Ipswich firefighter Tony Monsour said.

And it worked.

Mr Blair was full of praise for the firefighters involved in the rescue.

"Nothing was a problem for them and it is very comforting to know how professional these men are in their line of duty," Mr Blair said.

"The way they carry out their duties was a delight to behold and Ipswich residents should know they're in very safe hands when these men ply their trade."

Mr Monsour said while animal rescues were common, this was the first cockatoo rescue he was aware of.

 

Feathery facts

  • Cockatoos are highly intelligent and are known to be able to escape from cages by undoing locks.
  • They are social animals who mate for life and often form close bonds with their caretakers.
  • Some cockatoos can live more than 60 years in captivity.


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