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Parakeet recovering after taking a spin inside vacuum

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MILTON, Mass. (WHDH) -  Banged up and bruised, a parakeet is back at home with its family after being thrown around inside a vacuum cleaner.

Birdie’s owner, Marie Margarone, was going to use the family’s industrial vacuum when she noticed something strange and soon she found why, the family pet was inside.

“All of a sudden I heard a noise. I looked in where the air comes out and I saw feathers. I shut it off immediately and knew something had terribly gone wrong,” Margarone said.

Margarone brought Birdie to Angell Animal Medical Center where veterinarians rushed to save her life.”

“We actually amputated her at the wrist. Basically we were able to save the viable parts of the wing and remove the parts that were going to be nothing but chronic pain for her because it was never going to heal properly,” Dr. Elisabeth Simone-Freilicher said.

Simone-Freilicher said Birdie will no longer be able to fly, but because she is a pet she really doesn’t need to.

Birdie’s owner returned home to investigate what had caused Birdie to go into the vacuum and what she found surprised her.

“It turned out that owner went back and found the egg in the Shop-Vac so she had laid one egg at home and she was in the Shop-Vac because she was looking for nesting site,” Simone-Freilicher said.

Birdie is back in Milton with her family where she is recovering.
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