How odd: Teen rescued from tree after chasing escaped parrot

2009-03-03 00:00

Parrots have been known to mimic humans, but not the other way around ... until now.

A 16-year-old girl who chased her parrot 20 metres up a tree was brought down by firemen and paramedics near the Summerveld racehorse facility on Monday.

ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said that when they arrived, the girl was sitting on a branch with her legs wrapped around the trunk of the tree.

The girl had no way — or energy — to lift herself up, let alone climb down, he added.

Firemen put a ladder up against the tree, and “tied a harness around the girl’s waist just in case she fell out of the tree,” he said.

Paramedics took over while the Fire Department called in a fire engine with a longer ladder.

It took two hours to get her down — she had been up there for a total of three hours.

She was examined, given a clean bill of health and was able to go home with her mother, said Banks.

The girl said she was chasing after her parrot that escaped from its cage while she was cleaning it.

The 16-year-old, her mother and sister followed the bird around from tree to tree until she slipped and got wedged in that particular tree.

“Even after everything that happened, she was still unable to get the bird,” said Banks.

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