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Woman Falls Into L.A. River Trying To Rescue Husband's Bird

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A woman is being treated for "non-life threatening injuries" and a pet bird is home safe after 14 firefighters rescued the pair from the L.A. River in Studio City on Saturday.

The bird, described by the LA Times as "similar to a large parrot," reportedly escaped, and with clipped wings, fluttered and fell into the river where it was washed downstream. Firefighters "rushed to catch up with it," said LAFD, and the live bird was rescued from the water.

The woman fell about 20 feet onto concrete during her attempted rescue of her husband's pet, said authorities. According to a Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesman, the woman was injured around 9:48 a.m., and "firefighters needed ladders to get into the flood control structure near the Vineland Avenue bridge in Studio City," reports the Daily News.