Some people just want to be left alone, and that probably goes for animals too – especially in the case of this parrot.
There are rare creatures among us who seek out solitude. Perhaps they have some serious business they want to get done, and need the time and space away from other people to concentrate?
Getting away from all the distractions of modern life can be a real challenge, especially when it’s so easy nowadays to stay in touch and communicate endlessly with other people.
Parrots need time too, okay? They’re constantly expected to perform for people and say words which shouldn’t necessarily come from a bird’s mouth.
Parrot owner: To bond with her say 'I love you'
Firefighter: 'I love you'
Jessie the Parrot: 'I love you'
Jessie then turned the air blue & flipped the firefighter the bird. Read the story of the potty-mouthed parrot in Cuckoo Hall Lane https://t.co/Th2nlVkOJ8 © @PaulWood1961 pic.twitter.com/XKd4BFJq4h
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) August 13, 2018
This parrot in London had reached her breaking point. She’d had enough of her life in her Edmonton home and just needed some time away from it all.
Parrots – like all birds – are blessed with these things called wings. They’re amazing. They let them fly away at any moment.
So where did the parrot go? The roof of her house, naturally.
I suppose it’s not a bad idea, hiding in plain sight and everything. However, after three days, when her owners got concerned, they had to call the fire department to get her down. And she wasn’t happy about it.
Jessie, the multi-lingual macaw, was up on the roof for three days – not a long enough holiday in my opinion – and gave firefighters a less than pleasant welcome when they came to bring her down.
However, like all insults, they’re best when delivered after lulling the recipient into a false sense of security.
When Jessie couldn’t be lured down from a neighbour’s roof, firefighters were called out and were told to tell the bird ‘I love you’ – to which Jessie replied ‘I love you back’.
However, Jessie then promptly told the firefighters to ‘f*ck off’ before flying off to perch on another rooftop.
The foul-mouthed pet also speaks Turkish and Greek according to its owner, but had its own choice words in English for the rescue team.
Watch Manager, Chris Swallow, 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.
Jessie also speaks Turkish and Greek, so we tried telling her to ‘come’ in both those languages too.
Thankfully it soon became apparent Jessie was fine and uninjured as she flew off to another roof and then to a tree.
As Jessie obviously wasn’t injured, just seemingly fed up, the firefights decided to leave her up there.
Probably for the best, coming back from a holiday can be a real buzzkill.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.