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Firefighters Rescue Woman and Parrot in L.A. River

The woman fell 20 feet trying to get her bird, but LAFD came out to rescue both.

A Studio City woman fell 20 feet into the concrete culvert of the Los Angeles River near the Saturday morning trying to rescue her parrot, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said.

“She was trying to retrieve her bird and she fell and is in fair condition,” said Scott, who wouldn’t release the name of the woman.

The large parrot had clipped wings, and the woman tried to reach for it. She slipped and fell down into the cement bottom of the river flood control area while trying to get the bird. The river is lined with concrete in that area, but she was not near the water.

Firefighters arrived on the scene at 9:48 and the woman had “non-life-threatening injuries,” Scott said.

“We had to use ladders to go down to get her, but she was still concerned about her bird, so we sent a team down to look for it,” Scott said.

The firefighters saw the bird fluttering downstream and used a net to catch the bird. The bird was returned to the woman’s husband as she was taken to the hospital.

“We were happy to reunite the bird with its owner,” Scott said.

For more photos from the LAFD, click here.

g morse May 22, 2011 at 03:43 AM
How many other pet owners would have done the same for their pet? Good for her!
pet this May 22, 2011 at 06:57 AM
Uh. How about this? If you don't try to cage a bird you won't need to clip its wings. The parrot would not have been endangered if it had never been subjected to a 2-foot cage and been mutilated to restrict its escape.
ilonapet May 22, 2011 at 05:41 PM
ABSOLUTELY the correct reply to this article. there is always the chance for a bird to escape, at least if it is fully flighted it has a fighting chance . have parrots..not caged..not clipped. wish that no bird lived caged.
Calif. Bird breeder May 23, 2011 at 02:11 AM
If you don't clip a bird it can have many accidents. Everything from flying into a fan. Flying into a window. Flying into a pot of boiling water on the stove. Last but not least...most people don't know that a bird can drown in the little bit of water in a toilet bowl. They go in head first and can not back out because the feet slip on the toilet bowl.
ilonapet May 23, 2011 at 03:16 AM
Yes. true...if you are a responsible bird person you KNOW these things. My fans have been gathering dust for 10 years now...clipped or not clipped an uncovered toilet is deadly...training can keep them from windows...so much depends on what kind of bird...some cannot be left uncaged. what many people are not willing to do is spend the BIG $ for a cage that will allow for movement and exercise. but mostly, i truly wish the breeding of animals destined for a caged life would stop.

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