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Bird doused with beer and stuffed in ticket vending machine

The Local · 24 Oct 2011, 17:15

Published: 24 Oct 2011 17:15 GMT+02:00

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The 15-centimetre-tall bird was discovered at the Flöha train station by a customer who wanted to buy a ticket Saturday afternoon.

Police couldn’t free the parrot-like bird and decided to call the mayor for help. He remembered a local firefighter is a member of a bird breeders’ association. The firefighter managed to wriggle the bird out of the machine, but not before it attacked him.

“The bird bit him several times on his fingers,” said Mayor Friedrich Schlosser.

Although the cockatiel apparently drank some beer and was a bit tipsy, he is now jumping about happily again, according to his rescuer.

It isn’t clear who might have stuffed the bird into the machine or why. But officials said they were investigating the case as animal abuse.

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20:03 October 24, 2011 by storymann
Thats nice firefighters ,keep up the good work , those cockatiel love you.
21:57 October 24, 2011 by melbournite
Not to be a pedant, but "budgie" refers to a budgerigar which is not only a different species but a different genus. In any case I'm glad the bird is ok!
11:22 October 25, 2011 by StoutViking
That bird's very lucky. Ingestion of alcohol can be lethal to birds, and even tho they seem alright they might just wind up dead the next morning. As parrot owner, animal rescuer and x-veterinary nurse I encountered cases where people thought it would be funny to invite the birdie for a round of drinks. Imagine a guy showing up at 7am before the vet office is open with a corpse of an Ara demanding to know what's wrong - turns out the bloke had a house party and the guests shared their cocktails with it, which he happily guzzled down.

Gee, working with animals is SO much more sane than working with people...
20:49 October 25, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
There's a bird in a ticket-box! Let's call the mayor! Seriously, the Mayor? His schedule must be wide open for most of the year. It's sad about the bird, but why pull out the big guns for this?
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