If you could insert yourself in any movie or TV show, what would it be? Apparently, these members of the London Fire Brigade chose Monty Python’s Flying Circus, because there is simply no other explanation for the absurdity of this rescue mission. The iconic sketch comedy troupe already covered, uh – ex-parrots, and now they’ve evidently moved on to the fowl-mouthed variety.
Jessie the macaw escaped from her owner’s home, perching on a neighbor’s roof and refusing to come down for several days. Fearing for her beloved parrot’s safety and running out of ideas, Jessie’s owner contacted the London Fire Brigade for help after the RSPCA was unable to retrieve the feathered fugitive.
Watch Manager Chris Swallow (swallow like the type of bird? Seriously?) and his team responded to the call, making their way to the house on Cuckoo Hall Lane (seriously?!) and devising a plan.
“Our crew manager was the willing volunteer who went up the ladder to try and bring Jessie down,” Swallow recalled in the incident report. 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.”
Initial fears that Jessie was injured were quelled once the perturbed parrot flew into a nearby tree, but the rescue workers were unable to capture the crude critter. Fortunately, Jessie soon returned home of her own accord. As a way of thanking those who attempted to help her beloved bird, Jessie’s owner sent a G-rated video to the fire brigade.
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) August 14, 2018
“What do you want to say to the fire brigade that helped you come home?” Jessie’s owner asks. At first, Jessie says nothing. She sits quietly on her perch, with the look of a mildly irritated kid being forced to apologize when they absolutely aren’t sorry. After a bit more coaxing and a bit more pouting, Jessie quietly mumbles “I love you” and all is forgiven.