Exotic birds rescued from Revelstoke pick-up truck fire

A pair of rhea birds were rescued after a pick-up truck caught fire on the Trans-Canada Highway in Revelstoke early Monday morning.

A Revelstoke firefighter rescues a rhea from a pick-up truck fire on the Trans-Canada Highway in Revelstoke early Monday morning.

A pair of exotic South American birds were rescued from a pick-up truck fire on the Trans-Canada Highway in Revelstoke early Monday morning.

Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services were called to the fire on the Trans-Canada Highway near Alpine Lane at 3:23 a.m. on Dec. 7, reports fire chief Rob Girard.

There, they found a pick-up engulfed in flame and commenced to extinguish the fire.

During the attack, they saw two large rhea birds escape the box of the pick-up truck and run eastbound down the highway.

Firefighters quickly grabbed one of the birds, while a search team found the second nearby.

The lone occupant of the vehicle escaped the truck unharmed, however several ducks being transported in the cab did not survive.

The fire was put on in under 20 minutes, with 17 personnel responding.

Emergency Social Services was activated to help the driver find lodging and to get the birds into the animal shelter.

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