MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A man is being treated at JMH’s burn unit after being electrocuted trying to reach a parrot’s nest.
It happened off Turtle Creek Drive, in an easement north of the Walmart supercenter early Thursday.READ MORE: Officials Worry Large Crowds Will Leave Mess Behind After Memorial Day Weekend
According to Coral Springs Fire Rescue, the man was using a landscaping tool when he hit a 400,000-volt high tension power line.
“He suffered second and third-degree burns on half his body,” said deputy fire chief Mike Moser.
It’s not clear why the man was trying to reach the birds.READ MORE: Death Of Child Pulled From Homestead Pond Under Investigation
Quaker parrots are widespread in South Florida, “Quaker parrots were brought here with the pet trade, they are from Argentina,” said Julie D’Errico, an outreach volunteer coordinator with the South Florida Wildlife Center.
“They are popular pets, social birds,” she says unfortunately the parrots and other birds are sometimes sought for profit, she explained. “Once people who find these birds in demand, they keep them in cages and unfortunately, they never know freedom.”
She says the injured man will have a long road to recovery and while it is rare to be electrocuted, it is a grim reminder of getting too close to a power line.MORE NEWS: Florida Law Enforcement Officials Reassure Parents On Potential School Shooter Threat
“It doesn’t take much to hurt or kill you,” said Moser.