Monday 13 April
A London Ambulance Service paramedic flew to the aid of a
collapsed woman yesterday (Sunday 12 April) only to find it
was a pigeon that needed tweetment.
Senior Paramedic Rachel Lack was spitting feathers when she arrived
on scene to find it was a wounded bird of the feathered variety
that she'd been called to help.
She said: "When I arrived I saw three men and a woman standing
around a pigeon. I asked if they had called an ambulance for the
pigeon and they said they had.
“They were surprised to learn that the ambulance service is for
humans not animals."
A language barrier meant the call handler in the control room
believed the patient was a woman - not a pigeon - in need of
A little bird told Director of Operations Jason Killens about the
incident when Emergency Planning Officer Chris Hawkswell tweeted
about the incident under the hashtag #birdgate from his
Jason said: "Fortunately incidents like this are very rare but we'd
still like to remind Londoners to use us wisely and contact our
colleagues in the RSPCA for advice on animal welfare."
- We were called just after 5.50pm to the Broadway,
- We sent a senior paramedic as well as two cycle responders from
St John Ambulance who were providing medical cover at a nearby
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