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Posted on: February 25, 2014

[ARCHIVED] MFRD’s Ladder 9 Saves 18-Year-Old Blue and Gold Macaw

FF Ben Honeycutt and Larry the Bird

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Ladder 9 responded to a unique rescue call just before 3:30 Monday afternoon at a home located at 5206 St. Ives Drive in Berkshire subdivision.

Jan Jansen’s 18-year-old Blue and Gold Macaw named Larry had flown on top of the neighbor’s roof. In a panic, Jansen called MFRD so crews could use a ladder to access her neighbor’s roof.

When crews arrived, they set two ladders and made their way onto the roof, but a startled Larry flew to the woods about a block away from his home and settled at the top of a 40’ Hackberry tree, according to Captain Joe Barrett.

Crews had to regroup and come up with an inventive way to coax Larry out of the tree. They were able to work him down, tree limb by tree limb, until they caught him at the bottom of the tree.

Larry was reunited with a thankful Jansen and her two daughters.

Jansen explained to Captain Barrett that they usually keep Larry’s wings clipped, but had not done so this winter. She took him outside because he had never flown off before, but this time he reacted differently.

She contacted MFRD because she feared the tropical bird would not make it in the projected 30 degree temperatures Monday night.

“Mrs. Jansen was very grateful for the rescue,” said Captain Barrett. “She was tickled to death it all worked out so well; so were we.”

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