Let’s head across the pond to where a particularly grumpy macaw named Jessie was recently having an extraordinary case of the Mondays. Jessie had been on the roof of her owner’s house on — you can’t make this stuff up, Cuckoo Hall Lane — in London for three days, and had yet to come down.
Fearing she might be injured, her owners called animal rescue and then the fire department. A firefighter was able to get up on the roof and, according to the London Fire Brigade, got advice from Jessie’s owner on how to talk to the bird: sweetly.
“Our crew manager was the willing volunteer who went up the ladder to try and bring Jessie down,” watch manager Chris Swallow said in a release. “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.”
Well, I hope the firefighter wasn’t expecting overflowing gratitude for his rescue, because all he got was attitude. Apparently, Jessie has a vocabulary as colorful as her feathers and gave new meaning to the phrase “swearing a blue streak.”
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/Th2nlVCq7I © @PaulWood1961 pic.twitter.com/XaT9BJjDmW
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) August 15, 2018
Pardon Her French!
“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,” Swallow said.
Yes, in addition to speaking English, Turkish and Greek, this parrot has to tell folks to pardon her French, so to speak. But it appears Jessie wasn’t swearing in pain, as she was later able to get off the roof without a problem.
“Thankfully it soon became apparent that Jessie was fine and uninjured as she flew off to another roof and then to a tree,” Shallows said.
Jessie’s owner has since followed up with a video of Jessie saying “thank you” to her rescuers:
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) August 14, 2018
Hopefully, this little incident will teach Jessie’s owner to close the windows and stop using salty language around impressionable ears. (Even if swearing apparently means you are honest!)
Some other remarkable birds recently made headlines. Known as Kiwi and Siouxsie, these colorful birds became friends … and then lovers.
I got Kiwi a lil goth gf 🖤💛💚 pic.twitter.com/dZ0jb0ZVc3
— maura (@painthands) September 4, 2017
The birds’ love affair resulted in some chicks that are just as colorful as their parents. You can see two of the tiny birds have mom’s coloring, while the other two are the spitting image of dad.