Owner praises crews for saving Archie the partially-sighted macaw from a Brixham tree
THE owner of Archie the partially-sighted parrot who got stuck up a tree has thanked firefighters who came to his rescue.
The colourful macaw is back on his perch at his home in Brixham after getting into a flap during a routine visit to the garden.
Susan Hill, of Smardon Avenue, says the errant bird was missing for 24 hours before she spotted him swaying around at the top a silver birch not far from her home in Smardon Avenue.
She was worried the bird would not survive another cold night in the open.
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But firefighters brought Archie back to safety and the 'gentle soul' is safely home.
She said: "Archie is the property of Birdline UK Parrot Rescue and lives with me because he loves going to the events in the summer to publicise the charity.
"He also loves to go in the garden, and when weather permits, spends the daytime on a stand outside.
"He hasn't been outside for ages over the winter and unfortunately he has moulted.
"This meant that some of the clipped feathers on his wings had been replaced by new flights without me noticing.
"Unfortunately, while he was outside he got startled, flapped, and ended up in probably the biggest tree in Brixham.
"I was worried he would not survive another night outside. His balance is poor due to his visual problems and he was hanging on very tightly to the tree, he could not see a way down and was simply frightened to let go and jump or fly down."
Susan said she could not be sure of Archie's age but suspected he was an elderly bird.
"I am pleased to have the opportunity to say thank you again to Brixham's retained firefighters.
"They were very professional, and their help in getting him down was very much appreciated.
"Although he was initially startled by their ladder, he jumped down into a lower part of the tree from where he was able to climb down.
"With their encouragement, he got almost to the bottom of the tree and they pulled a branch down so that he could climb into my arms, and as he did so he gave a very loud 'mwah'."