Okla. City FFs rescue vocal parrot, quiet tortoise after lightning sparks house fire

Along with the parrot, firefighters said they found a thankful tortoise who was “unable to holler” for a rescue


Kaitlyn Alanis
The Charlotte Observer

OKLAHOMA CITY — When a lighting strike struck an Oklahoma City home, a fire started in the attic and smoke quickly filled the house.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department was called to the fire, where two occupants had made it out safely, according to a Facebook post by the department.

Along with the parrot, firefighters said they found a thankful tortoise who was “unable to holler” for a rescue.
Along with the parrot, firefighters said they found a thankful tortoise who was “unable to holler” for a rescue. (Photo/Oklahoma City Fire Department)

As firefighters were searching the home, they heard screaming coming from the back, the post says. Sure enough, it was a “large parrot” screaming for help — a parrot “who was more than happy” to see a rescue crew.

Along with the parrot, firefighters said they found a thankful tortoise who was “unable to holler” for a rescue.

Both the parrot and tortoise appear to be OK after the fire, officials said. Firefighter Aaron Dickson can be seen posing for a photo with the large tortoise, but the parrot was “camera shy.”

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