Blu Tit Chicks In Ashtray Help Firemen Quit Smoking

This is the moment firefighters discover a bird’s nest with five cute chicks in their wall-mounted ashtray.

The unusual discovery was filmed at the Herdecke Fire Department in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and shared on social media.

Video Credit: CEN/Feuerwehr Herdecke

In the footage, the cameraperson is seen approaching the outdoor ashtray before zooming in on a nest with several cute chicks at the bottom.

Credit: CEN/Feuerwehr Herdecke
Five baby blue tit birds who live in a nest in an ashtray at a fire station

According to reports, the birds were Eurasian blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) and the mother made the nest with twigs and grass that it somehow squeezed through the holes.

According to a fire brigade spokesperson, the new arrivals have already had a positive influence on firefighters.

The spokesperson said: “We have all given up smoking for the first time!”

According to firefighters, a station officer, who is also a trained animal carer, will look after the birds by checking on them at regular intervals.

The ashtray will be blocked off and a warning sign will be posted in front of it to prevent someone from accidentally dropping cigarette butts inside.

Credit: CEN/Feuerwehr Herdecke
Some of the firefighters of the Herdecke Fire Brigade in Germany

Netizens were delighted by the blue tit’s nest in the outside ashtray. ‘GuidoBecker1′ wrote: “So sweet!”

‘Kaesaidso’ said “Thankfully, they were discovered before anything bad happened.”

According to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), there are between 20 and 44 million Eurasian blue tits and around 3.6 million breeding pairs in the UK alone.


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Story By: Koen BerghuisSub-EditorMichael Leidig, Agency: Central European News

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