|The missing Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (L) and the missing Nicobar pigeon (R) were stolen from their cages in a California zoo. (File photo by=Alamy/Fresno Chaffee Zoo)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] A California zoo is appealing for the public's help after two endangered birds were stolen from their cages. The Fresno Chaffee Zoo said security footage showed a person cutting through locks and escaping with the pair stuffed in a duffle bag. The alleged bird bandit made off with a lesser sulfur-crested cockatoo and a Nicobar pigeon, the zoo said.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species classifies the lesser sulfur-crested cockatoo as "critically endangered" - its third-highest category of concern - and lists the Nicobar pigeon as "near threatened". The stolen birds are elderly long-term residents of the zoo and were taken from the Australian Asian Aviary before the facility opened on Sunday morning.
Both birds require special treatment because of their advanced age - 27 and 32 - she added: "We do not know the condition of either bird and we hope to get them back quickly so that our veterinary team can examine them and continue the care they require."Fresno Police Lt Tim Tietjen, who is investigating the robbery, told CBS in Fresno that the culprit was wearing all black clothing and a mask, and jumped over a fence to access the enclosure. One possible motivation for the bird-napping is that both species can be legally owned as part of the pet trade, said Mr. Morris.