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Firefighters in Morristown, TN, were recently called to rescue a macaw from a tree, and although they weren’t quite sure how to go about the task, they were determined to help if they could.

Neighbor Sylvia Tharp told WBIR she heard sounds from a tree and soon realized they were coming from Harley, the 15-year-old macaw that lives next door.

“I heard, ‘Mom! Mom! Mom!’ and I thought it was a kid at first,” Tharp said. “Then, Harley started squawking like a scream, and I knew it was much closer than normal.”

Firefighters arrived and extended a ladder. One tried to coax the bird onto his arm.

In the end, they shook the branch slightly and the reluctant macaw flew down.

Harley is now safe at home.

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