African grey parrots, Harry and Jack, have been returned to Anthea Forde, after they were stolen from their home at Seaforde Gardens and Tropical Butterfly House in Ireland.
(Image from The Belfast Telegraph.)
Update: There are conflicting reports, but Pedro may have been returned as well, according the Belfast Telegraph. We'll keep you updated once we learn more.
On May 12, three parrots were taken from Seaforde Gardens and Tropical Butterfly House in Ireland. While two of the parrots have been returned by a third party, the third still appears to be missing.
The birds, two African greys, Harry and Jack, and an Amazon parrot named Pedro, were part of the tropical enclosure of the butterfly house, according to BBC News. Owner Anthea Forde feared the event would traumatize the birds. "They had been given to us and we were looking after them for people who wanted them to have a nice home," she told the BBC News after the abduction. She believes the burglar used a stick to scare the birds to the ground, where he then snatched him up. "I can't bear the thought of them, they were shoved into a sack and into a cage,” she added.
She had described Pedro, who was 40-years-old, as a cross bird that didn’t like people, and who is very fond of the one of the African greys. One of the greys, Jack, only has one eye.
Police searching for the parrots arrested a 27-year-old man after finding a parrot in his house, according to the BBC News. Unfortunately, while the parrot recovered was an Amazon parrot, Forde doesn’t think it is Pedro.
It is believed that Pedro has still not been found. (Image from UTV Live News video)
"Pedro would be the loudest of our birds and he certainly wouldn't be manageable for someone's home,” said Charles Forde of Seaforde Gardens told The Telegraph. [http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/delight-as-stolen-parrots-are-returned-after-owners-plea-to-thieves-30278437.html] "We hope that if anyone knows anything or hears anything they will get in touch with us."
The thief was arrested for burglary, handling stolen goods and possession of drugs. He has since been released on bail, according to the TheJournal.ie.
Police have asked the public for leads on Pedro.
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