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The ugly business of stealing birds

2015/5/8 — 10:46

We all have seen and heard the noisy yellow-crested cockatoos in Hong Kong. The Yellow-crested Cockatoo is a critically endangered bird species. It lives in the tropical rainforest in Indonesia. The story of why there is such a large feral population in Hong Kong starts at Flagstaff House in December, 1941. It has been rumored that the British kept yellow-crested cockatoos as pets and released the birds before surrendering to the Japanese.

A few days ago I learned from Pokfulam residents that baby cockatoos have been stolen from their nest on the slopes between Victoria Road and Pokfulam Road. They made reports to the Police and AFCD, and posted the pictures they took on-line. Members of the public quickly asked around the bird markets and learned that three babies have been offered for sale for around HK$10-12,000 by the fellow allegedly spotted stealing them.

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However, the Police and AFCD have not been able to track the culprit yet. The residents report that the cockatoo couple are obviously distressed, and they ask everyone to keep an eye out for their babies. What ugly things humans do for a few dollars! You too can help find the cockatoos. Here is the link:

香港網上雀街 HK Bird Street Online

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