The touching moment these firies came to aid of a 'thirsty cockatoo'

While battling bushfires in the Southern Highlands, rural firefighters have come to the aid of a feathered friend.

The firefighters from the Southern Highlands Rural Fire Service brigade came across a "very thirsty" cockatoo at a fire near the small village of Taralga. The team took time and tended to the need of the wildlife affected by the fire.

The encounter was filmed by RFS fireman Paul Sloan and uploaded to social media with the caption "Our Firefighters assist a very thirsty Cockatoo at the fire near Taralga."

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Our Firefighters assist a very thirsty Cockatoo at the fire near Taralga. Credit Paul Sloan.Posted by RFS Southern Highlands Team on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The video shows a the cockatoo resting on a firefighters arm while another gives it water from a bottle.

Since being uploaded on January 23, the 25-second clip has attracted more than 1000 reactions and almost 2000 shares.

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Our Firefighters assist a very thirsty Cockatoo at the fire near Taralga. Credit Paul Sloan.Posted by RFS Southern Highlands Team on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The firefighters have been praised for their hard work fighting the fires and looking after wildlife.

"Great job, you guys and girls are the true definition of the word hero," a Facebook users commented. Another said "Poor Darling. Thankyou for caring so much guys."

In a second video posted on Facebook, the bird appeared to be in better shape.

The fire started last Friday off Newfoundland Road, some 5km northeast of Taralga and has burnt 2562 hectares.

On Thursday, easing conditions and continued vigilance have allowed RFS crews to gain the upper hand on the Long Gully Road fire near Taralga.

The outbreak is "being controlled" by 20 RFS crews, comprising of 105 personnel.

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