Fire & Rescue NSW at Shellharbour called in the large ladder platform from Wollongong on Saturday to rescue a cockatoo caught by the neck on a light pole in Flinders.
Shellharbour station officer Paul Knight said the bird was spotted by staff at a nearby pharmacy mid -afternoon. It was unable to get any grip or traction with its legs or wings to free itself.
"The cockatoo had slipped down and got its neck wedged in a V. If it had been a tree it would have been able to use its feet to push itself up," Mr Knight said.
"It was trying but its feet were slipping on the metal pole. All its mates were sitting nearby for a good while before they decided to fly off late in the afternoon".
Mr Knight said because of the size of the light pole the fire crew from Shellharbour knew they would not be able to use a normal ladder because it could slip off the metal.
"The ladder platform came down from Wollongong and without too much trouble were able to free the bird and hand it over to WIRES," he said.
"It seemed to be uninjured. If we hadn't been called in it may have probably starved to death up there".
Mr Knight said it was always good to be able to save wildlife.
Especially after the devastating summer of fires that killed so many birds and animals on the South Coast and in many parts of NSW.
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