Heard the one about the parrot at the fire station?

A parrot has landed at Brighouse Fire station and made a new friend, watch commander Nigel Dodd
A parrot has landed at Brighouse Fire station and made a new friend, watch commander Nigel Dodd

FIREFIGHTERS in Brighouse made a new friend when a cheeky parrot swooped down during training exercises.

The crew were stunned when the bird suddenly landed on Danny Jenning’s shoulder outside the Lister Street station. After gently coaxing it inside, the grey and white parakeet charmed firefighters for the next 24 hours until RSPCA officers arrived to collect it.

Watch commander Nigel Dodd said: “It was a shame it had to go back.

“We would have quite liked a parrot at the station. It stayed with us a while. It was quite happy wandering around on people’s shoulders.

“It was very friendly. If you did pick it up and try to put it in its cage, it’d just fly off to someone. It was a lovely little bird.”

The bird is now at the RSPCA Bradford shelter.

RSPCA inspector Vicky Taylor said: “It’s a very friendly bird with a lovely nature. It’s probably escaped from someone’s house as the weather’s been good and people have their windows lopen.”

If you think the parrot is yours, call 01274 723063, or staff will look to rehome it after seven days.