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Endangered baby parrots recovered

June 16, 2009 at 12:25 PM   |   Comments

PALM BEACH, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials are caring for two endangered baby Amazon parrots stolen from their nest at The Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., authorities said.

The green-cheeked parrots, now 7 weeks old, were taken from their aerial nest this month, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Tuesday.

They were recovered Monday, stressed and underweight, when a man abandoned them at a pet shop, said Paul Riello, founder of the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation in Loxahatchee Groves, where biologists are assessing the birds' condition.

The parrots belong to a flock of more than 100 birds of four species native to Mexico that have lived in hollowed-out trees at The Breakers since the 1940s.

Biologists monitoring the nests with special cameras determined the baby parrots were stolen between June 4 and June 9. The thief has not been caught.

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