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Firefighters lend cherry picker to help save wounded parrot from tree top

Zazu is now recovering from his injuries. Credit: MEN Media

This is the moment rescuers used a cherry picker to save a stricken pet parrot from the top of a huge tree.

Zazu the parrot was discovered perched precariously in the branches of the large tree after escaping from his home in Urmston last weekend.

He had damaged feathers and appeared to be bleeding so was unable to fly down to safety.

His worried owner Usman Sidiq had already tried to ring a tree surgeon for help when the RSPCA was called out.

Officers from the charity called for support from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, and he was so high they used a cherry picker to reach Zazu.

Fortunately the bird survived his ordeal.

This poor parrot was absolutely terrified, he is only eight months old."

Luckily he didn’t fly too far and his owner was able to keep an eye on him while we got the equipment necessary to rescue him.

– Natalie Avery, RSPCA
Zazu has been taken to a vet and is now recovering at home. Credit: MEN Media

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Natalie Avery said: “We are very grateful to the fire service for providing a cherry picker and helping us with this rescue. We are glad to have been able to reunite Zazu with his owner.”

Zazu has been taken to a vet and is now recovering at home.