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Vancouver firefighters come to rescue of exotic birds at Bloedel Conservatory

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The fire department has been called out to deal with a bit of an emergency at the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park – Jun 3, 2021

Vancouver firefighters were called to Bloedel Conservatory on Thursday, after a power outage left some of the facility’s tropical birds at risk.

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services deployed a ladder truck to spray water over the iconic dome atop Queen Elizabeth Park, in an effort to keep temperatures down inside the conservatory.

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According to the city, an outage which began at 4 a.m. knocked out power to the entirety of the park.

Staff activated a backup generator, which was able to keep fans inside the facility working. But it wasn’t enough to power the chilling unit, which regulates the dome’s temperature.

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As sunlight began to heat the dome, staff moved a dozen larger perch birds into a cooler room and called the fire department for help, the city said.

The city said the birds were doing well, and power was restored to the facility around 3 p.m.

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