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FIREFIGHTERS HOSE PARROT OUT OF TREE

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"Knock me down . . . knock me down . . . knock me down."

The parrot didn't really repeat that challenge, but it seemed to be thinking just that when Delta firefighters called on their wits and water to get the determined bird out of a tree.Firefighters had started to conduct a meeting recently when the phone rang. Brenda Pace wanted them to come get her pet parrot out of a tree.

The bird apparently enjoyed its temporary freedom. Perched high on the limb of the tree, it paid little attention of its owner's pleas for it to come down.

Firefighters at first urged Pace to watch the bird for a while and see if it wouldn't change its mind. The fire department's ladder wouldn't reach that high, she was told.

The parrot didn't budge. Thirty minutes later, Pace called again. This time firefighters responded, first with a small stream of water. The bird still stood firm.

Finally, a bigger blast knocked the stubborn pet from its perch. Soaked but uninjured, it was returned to the safety of its cage.