From South Africa:
Paramedics and eThekwini Metro firefighters rushed to the rescue of an unusual damsel in distress stuck in a tree in Summerveld, Shongweni, on Monday afternoon.
ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said the 16-year-old girl had been chasing her parrot which flitted from tree to tree. Banks said the girl scaled a large tree but lost her footing, fell and became wedged in branches below.
The girl was uninjured and went home with a bruised ego but without her errant bird. – Mercury Reporter
Ever been out on a limb? Yeah. Me too. Only it was to untangle a redtailed hawk on a creance (line tied to her equipment because I wasn’t ready to free fly her) that was up in a pine tree. The fire department laughed when I called for help. I got her down, but it wasn’t enjoyable.
So what do you do when your parrot has flown off? Remember that flying down takes much more skill than flying up. Try to make the leap as easy as possible. Directly beneath the tree is not going to be as easy of a flight as further out and a nice glide down. A steady ladder is preferable to crawling out on a branch, where you’ll make the perch wobble and perhaps not have such steady hands yourself.
And check out Good Bird Inc’s article on parrot escapees. Barbara and I have stood under many a tree together trying to figure out how to get a wayward macaw back down from the branches. She knows her stuff better than I do! And this is the most comprehesive set of tips I’ve ever seen. Check it out here!
Do you have a lost and found parrot? Share your tips too!