Firefighters save bird's life with baby oxygen mask - New York News

Firefighters save bird's life with baby oxygen mask

Posted: Updated:
SURPRISE, Ariz. -

A Surprise woman accidentally locked her pet inside her sweltering car. The animal was near death when firefighters arrived.

But this wasn't a rescue those firefighters ever prepared for. The woman's pet was a cockatoo bird. Those firefighters improvised to save the bird's life.

The Surprise Fire department says they've never treated a bird before, so they used a child's oxygen mask put over the bird's beak to give him oxygen and help revive him.

Joanne Doyle and her bird Rusty are inseparable.

"I've had him for at least 10 years. He's mommy's pretty boy. Aren't you?"

Last week, Doyle accidentally locked Rusty in her hot car along with her keys. You can imagine her panic. She tried everything to get into the car.

"I was scared to death I couldn't even think anymore. I tried to knock the back window out with a sledgehammer. Probably at least 40 minutes. It's a wonder he didn't die."

That's when she called 911. Firefighters responded right away.

"They saved his life because he was spread out -- his wings were spread out and he was lying flat against his little carrying cage."

When firefighters arrived on scene they had to improvise. They gave Rusty oxygen by using a mask usually designed for babies over his beak. A firefighter captured the whole thing on his cell phone.

"It seems like he's liking that oxygen and stuff!" says Doyle. "They put a little oxygen mask on him and they squirted him with water and put the fan on him."

A short time later Rusty began regaining strength. After a trip to the vet, he was given a clean bill of health.

Doyle is crediting the firefighters for saving Rusty's life.

Many fire departments across the country have special oxygen masks for animals like dogs and cats, but this was a first for the Surprise Fire Department.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Scenes for "Girls" to be shot as SUNY New Paltz

    Scenes for "Girls" to be shot as SUNY New Paltz

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:13 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:13:09 GMT
    Some scenes for the HBO series "Girls" will be shot at the State University of New York at New Paltz.  The series star and creator Lena Dunham will reportedly be directing scenes Tuesday afternoon on the campus 75 miles north of New York City.
    Some scenes for the HBO series "Girls" will be shot at the State University of New York at New Paltz.  The series star and creator Lena Dunham will reportedly be directing scenes Tuesday afternoon on the campus 75 miles north of New York City.
  • Pregnant woman says officer put her in choke hold

    Pregnant woman says officer put her in choke hold

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-07-29 09:57:51 GMT
    Back from vacation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the allegations of police choke holds. Standing next to his police commissioner and standing by him, de Blasio declared police community relations will improve by Bill Bratton's call for retraining of officers. The mayor did say that police choke holds are not acceptable.
    Back from vacation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the allegations of police choke holds. Standing next to his police commissioner and standing by him, de Blasio declared police community relations will improve by Bill Bratton's call for retraining of officers. The mayor did say that police choke holds are not acceptable.
  • SummerStage: you still have time to catch a show

    SummerStage: you still have time to catch a show

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:22:53 GMT
    You've got a few more weeks to enjoy SummerStage, New York's annual performing arts showcase that's 28 years running. But it's not just music: there is dance, comedy, theater, you name it. There are several shows weekly at 14 different parks throughout the five boroughs. A recent show at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park paid tribute to Pete Seeger. Most of the shows are free and are funded by tickets purchased for the some of the bigger acts.
    You've got a few more weeks to enjoy SummerStage, New York's annual performing arts showcase that's 28 years running. But it's not just music: there is dance, comedy, theater, you name it. There are several shows weekly at 14 different parks throughout the five boroughs. A recent show at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park paid tribute to Pete Seeger. Most of the shows are free and are funded by tickets purchased for the some of the bigger acts.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices