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Thirsty work! Heartwarming video shows firefighters sharing a drink with an overheated cockatoo after battling bushfires

(Mail Online)    15:22, January 24, 2018

Footage shows firefighters feed water bottle to a hot cockatoo during bushfires

The thirsty cockatoo was found hot and bothered by fire crew in Taralga, NSW

The generous spirit of the firefighters was appreciated by thousands of people

Rural Fire Service firefighters from the Southern Highlands Brigade in NSW were on hand to cool down their feathered friend searching desperately for cool relief

Escaping bushfires can be thirsty work, just ask this cockatoo.

Luckily, Rural Fire Service firefighters from the Southern Highlands Brigade in NSW were on hand to cool down their feathered friend searching desperately for cool relief on Tuesday.

A heartwarming video captured by RFS fireman Paul Sloan shows a fellow firefighter holding the beautiful bird while it hastily guzzled a bottle of water at a bush fire near Taralga, in the Southern Tablelands.

Southern Highlands Rural Fire Service Inspector David Stimson said there has been a lot of public interest in the footage taken by firefighters from the Mittagong crew.

The generous spirit of the fire crew who came to the aid of the thirsty cockatoo attracted thousands of comments of appreciation from social media users.

'Thank you for all you have done and for this beautiful action towards our wildlife,' one person posted on the unit's Facebook page.

Another added: 'Great job, you guys and girls are the true definition of the word hero.'

A bushfire on Long Gully Road northeast of Taralga has been burning since last Friday and is not yet under control.

Inspector Stimson said backburning in the region has been hampered by rain.

A separate fire burning near north east of Holbrook in the Cromer Hills area on Wednesday has already burned 30 hectares.

A NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman said there was no threat to properties in neither region.

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