Bird-Brained Cockatoo Owner Gets Stuck 75 Feet Up

By: KHOU
By: KHOU

Rescue teams spent hours on the scene of an unusual tree rescue. It's not a cat in a tree, but rather, a bird...and the bird's owner.

A Montgomery man was chasing his cockatoo Geronimo when the feathered pet made its way 75 feet into the air into a nearby tree. The bird s owner continued the chase, but that left the bird and owner stuck atop the tree.

The Houston Police Department's air rescue team attempted to lower a line down to the trapped man and pull he and the bird from the tree, but that didn't work so the Coast Guard Chopper was called in..

The unidentified man, wearing a white T-shirt and long shorts, kept the bird tucked under his T-shirt.

The Coast Guard Chopper was available to free the man and he was taken to a nearby Airport for a checkup by medical personnel.

And just why would someone go to such heights to recover a pet bird? Accoridng to the website www.toos.com -- a gathering place for cockatoo owners -- such birds can cost between $1,000 and $3,000 apiece. Some breeds of the birds can cost as much as $5,000.


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