As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 27 May 2014

DNA test to check if bird is one of three stolen from butterfly house

The Co Down family which had three parrots stolen and then returned is to carry out a DNA test on one of them to determine if it is really theirs.

Three parrots were stolen from the Seaforde Butterfly House in south Down on Monday, along with a number of terrapins.

Two of the birds were returned to the Forde family business by an anonymous man who met them in Lisburn.

Police found a third parrot in Newtownards but the Fordes are divided on whether it is really their ‘Pedro’.

“We have got this bird very like Pedro and some of us say 100 per cent it is Pedro but the rest of us are not entirely convinced. The police found it in Newtownards,” said Charles Forde.

“Personally I don’t think it is him.

“When he came back he was totally out of character, he was so well behaved. But he is normally quite aggressive and maybe has more yellow on his shoulders.

“He used to make so much noise – you wouldn’t really want to put your hand near him.

“We have got the original feathers so we are hoping to do a DNA test to see if it is really him.

“I don’t want to deprive someone of their parrot if it is not ours.

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