Woman mistakes parrot's call for child in distress

Fairfield, CT (WFSB) -- A woman thought someone was in danger, but when she went to explore the situation, it turned out that the person in distress was an escaped bird in a tree.

An unidentified woman was on the top of the hill near the Holland Hill School, which is located at 105 Meadowcroft Rd., around 5 p.m. when she told police that she heard someone screaming "daddy," "daddy."

The woman began searching for the person, who she believed was a child in distress. After a brief search, the woman told police that she spotted a large green parrot in a nearby tree.

After calling animal control, the officer was unable to remove the parrot because it was 25 feet up the tree. The animal control officer was forced to call the fire department.

When firefighters arrived, they used a ling pole to get the bird out of the tree, which flew to a nearby bamboo tree area, police said. Firefighters were able to chase the parrot out of the area, net the animal and bring it to a local shelter.

During the whole process, authorities said the parrot said several words including "hello," "daddy" and "what."

The parrot had been reported missing by its owner, Christopher Gerbasi, of Fairfield. The woman located the bird about a mile from his home.


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