Cockatoo Norman free after tricky rescue

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY IT wasn't easy, but Norman the cockatoo was finally rescued yesterday from the tree he spent five days stranded in.

After reading of the threeyear-old bird's plight Sea FM radio's Blunty enlisted the help of the Rockhampton Zoo and Austins Crane Services.

A bird specialist was twice lifted towards the bird, but each time the bird became frightened an flew to a nearby tree.

"Every time we got near him the bird flew off,'' said bird specialist Martin Zammit.

"He does not have the flying skills to land properly.''

The cockatoo had been raised as a pet by owner Sue Corcoran, who said the bird unscrewed the bolts from its cage six days ago and flew to a nearby tree.

Even though the crane attempt did not work, the zoo staff did not give up.

Zoo co-ordinator Simon Walton, tranquilised the animal with a blow dart.

Mr Walton had to take several shots before he finally struck the bird.

"We are a community zoo and we like to do services that show our community spirit ? we heard the call and knew we could help,'' he said.

The pet's owner, had previously tried to enlist the help of the fire brigade and Environmental Protection Agency, but received little support.

She said she was amazed at how The Morning Bulletin's article attracted so much attention.

"I think it is fantastic, everyone did a great job,'' she said.

"Just when I thought nobody could help, the community came out and helped.



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