Australian police recover stolen 82-year-old cockatoo

July 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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SYDNEY, July 16 (UPI) -- Australian police said an 82-year-old cockatoo stolen from its home of 40 years has been recovered and will be returned home.

Sydney police said they received a tip Robbo -- an 82-year-old sulphur crested cockatoo taken from the Phillip Island grand prix circuit's visitors' center gardens in May -- was being kept in a back yard in Marrickville, a suburb of Sydney, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Tuesday.

"As a result of that information police executed a search warrant yesterday and a bird matching the description of Robbo was discovered," Inspector Natasha Fairfax said Tuesday. "He's been taken to the RSPCA, where inquires are continuing as to how Robbo came to be in Marrickville."

Fairfax said Robbo was being kept in a large cage in the home's back yard.

Peter Mitchell, marketing manager for the Phillip Island center, said Robbo has been with the facility for 40 years.

Police said no charges had yet been filed.

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