10 March 2021

Injured galah no 'bird-en' for high-flying rescuers

| Michael Weaver
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Rescued galah

The galah that was rescued from a 15-metre high tree in Weston. Photo: ESA.

It wasn’t a cat or a catastrophe that saw firefighters called to the suburb of Weston this morning to rescue a high-flying galah in a sticky situation.

A concerned resident called the ACT Emergency Services Agency at about 9:00 am after a galah became tangled in the branches of a 15-metre gumtree with a stick stuck in its foot. Six firefighters from ACT Fire and Rescue were soon on the scene.

“It wasn’t too much of a ‘BIRD-en’ for ACT ‘Fly-er’ & Rescue (ACT Fire & Rescue) to help a galah stuck in a tree today,” the ESA said, pulling out all the puns on social media.

A firefighting pumper arrived and called in a further unit with an aerial appliance which was used to safely free the galah. It was handed to wildlife services for further care.

“The galah appeared to have a stick through its foot and was dangling in the tree,” an ESA spokesperson said.

“The bird is going to have a sore foot but it is in the hands of expert carers now, so we expect it will make a full recovery.”

Firefighters in the aerial appliance

Firefighters in the aerial appliance used to rescue a stranded galah in Weston. Photo: ESA.

Even so, the rescue mission wasn’t without danger.

“Our firefighters definitely needed their gloves,” the ESA spokesperson said, describing how the lively and obviously scared galah bit through the gloves of one of the firefighters during the high-flying mission.

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“The bird was rescued and sent off in a stable condition for further assessment in what was all part of another day for our firefighters,” the spokesperson said.

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