Workers Save Pet Parakeet in South Lake Tahoe After Owners' Caldor Fire Evacuation

An emergency response team saved a 36-year-old parakeet named Pepe in South Lake Tahoe, California, on Tuesday, August 31, as the Caldor Fire forced evacuations in the area.

Workers from the San Diego Humane Society entered the parakeet owners’ property following a call from Pepe’s concerned owners, who said they were unable to make it to their home in time to save the parakeet. The workers entered through a window as it was the only way of entering the premises, according to the humane society.

The San Diego Humane Society said it was performing animal-support tasks as needed, including going behind fire lines to help stranded animals in El Dorado County, as shelters and office buildings remain closed.

The Caldor Fire, which began burning on August 14, had spread to 204,390 acres by Sept 1 and remains at 20 percent containment. Credit: San Diego Humane Society via Storyful

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