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Fire chief adopts exotic bird rescued in Berks County

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: May 13 2014 09:35:43 PM CDT
Updated On: May 13 2014 10:05:55 PM CDT

Fire chief adopts exotic bird rescued in Berks County

MOUNT PENN, Pa. -

You do not often see wild parrots in Berks County, but that is just what some neighbors saw in Mount Penn on Friday night.

They called the fire department to rescue the bird from a down spout on the side of a home.

"I put my hand over the down spout and took the down spout off and he tried to escape. So I quick kind of grabbed him and held him here, took him down the ladder and we brought him here," said Mt. Penn Fire Chief Timothy Waldman.

Waldman carried the exotic bird down the ladder and handed him over to the Animal Rescue League.

"It was great to have someone involved, willing to take time out of his schedule to help something so small and go out of his way to help it," said ARL Rescue Coordinator Missy Kehler.

But after a few days went by and no one claimed him, the chief decided to give the peach-faced lovebird a forever home.

"I have a soft spot for birds. I have birds now. I have always had parakeets. I have always wanted a parrot but never quite did that," said Waldman.

Waldman thought the most fitting name for the parrot would be "spout." So he filled out the adoption paperwork and left to take the little guy home.

"I think it is awesome that not only did he rescue it, but he came back to give it a forever home," said Kehler.

"We are going to go get it healthy and give it a good home," said Waldman.