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Fresno Chaffee Zoo in California reports theft of 2 threatened birds

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo in California is asking the public for help after an alleged birdnapper stole two threatened species from its aviary early Sunday morning.

Security footage shows a person appearing to cut the locks of the Australian Asian Aviary around 4:30 a.m., capturing two birds — a lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo and a Nicobar pigeon — and escaping with them in a duffel bag.

Both birds are long-term residents of the zoo and of advanced age, according to Brandy Gamoning, the zoo’s marketing director.

“Our bird zookeepers and entire team are deeply concerned for the safety of both of these animals,” General Curator Lyn Meyers said in a statement.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo in California reports theft of 2 threatened birds

Zoo officials reported the crime to the Fresno Police Department. Local veterinarians and exotic pet stores have also been notified of the theft, “so that they are aware that these beloved animals are missing from the zoo,” CEO Scott Barton said.

Nicobar pigeons are listed as near threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species, while lesser sulphur-crested cockatoos are listed as critically endangered.




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