Innovative Surprise firefighters revive heat-stricken exotic bir - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

Innovative Surprise firefighters revive heat-stricken exotic bird

Posted: Updated:
Rusty the cockatoo was unresponsive after he was accidentally locked in his owner's pickup truck, but quick-thinking Surprise firefighters were able to revive him and save his life. (Source: Surprise Fire Department) Rusty the cockatoo was unresponsive after he was accidentally locked in his owner's pickup truck, but quick-thinking Surprise firefighters were able to revive him and save his life. (Source: Surprise Fire Department)
  • More newsMore>>

  • US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:52 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:52:54 GMT
    Dozens of Palestinian families trapped by clashes between Hamas militants and Israeli troops are scrambling to flee a southern Gaza Strip neighborhood as Israel reported that two more of its soldiers have died in...More >>
    The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to...More >>
  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:41:39 GMT

    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.

    More >>
    The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.More >>
  • CAEC warns customers of scam targeting co-op members

    CAEC warns customers of scam targeting co-op members

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:37 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:37:16 GMT
    Scam artists are targeting customers of the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, or CAEC, according to company officials.CAEC is issuing an alert to its members, as well as the general public, to be awareMore >>
    The phone rings and the caller demands payment and threatens to shut off your power if you don't hand over bank or credit card information. Central Alabama Electric Cooperative and other Alabama co-ops are having it happen to customers and they don't want others to fall prey to con artists.
    More >>
SURPRISE, AZ (CBS5) -

There was nothing in the fire department manual to cover something like this, so firefighters in Surprise had to wing it to save an unresponsive exotic bird after it was mistakenly locked in a pickup truck last week.

A woman had locked her keys in the truck while it was in her driveway about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday and called the fire department for help.

Firefighters found the cockatoo, named Rusty, lying flat on the bottom of its cage and breathing erratically.

The distraught bird's owner called an emergency veterinarian, and firefighters decided they had to do something on the fly in the meantime.

They applied oxygen to the bird, placed two ice packs underneath its wings, squirted it with cool water using a syringe, and fanned the bird to help cool it down.

Animal control officers soon arrived and while on the phone with an avian expert, learned they were doing exactly what was needed.

It took about 15 minutes, but the bird propped itself up and began to regain life. It was taken to a veterinarian and a few days later, firefighters learned Rusty was back to normal.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow