A rosella caught in a fireplace outside of Murwillumbah.
A rosella caught in a fireplace outside of Murwillumbah. Contributed

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ONE curious rosella was anything but free as a bird this morning.

A family living near Wollumbin, outside of Murwillumbah, returned from their Easter holiday about 8am to find a bird trapped in their fireplace.

"These people went away for Easter and when they came back they heard a noise in their fireplace," Murwillumbah fire captain Greg Hayes said.

"They looked in above the sheeting in the fireplace and there was a little inch gap where it was stuck."

The fire captain said the rosella must have been trapped for quite a while, as seen by the marks on his metal confines.

"He was chewing away at it for quite some time," he said.

After a little bit of wriggling, the bird was free from the fireplace and keen to continue on its travels.

"We gave him a bit of a look over and he was fine," Capt Hayes said.

The rosella was released back into the wild and with any luck he will avoid any further fireplace fiascos.



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