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  • 3 January 2013, 10:18

Protected Parrots Rescued By Paraguay Police

Police have rescued 211 protected parrots taken from the remote forests of Paraguay and made four arrests.

The birds have been identified as blue-fronted Amazon parrots.

Veterinarian Carlos Britos, of Paraguay's environmental ministry, said many are still juveniles and were taken from their nests.

He said the birds are being cared for by government biologists in a national park and will be returned to the wild once they can fly.

Blue-fronted Amazons are among the parrots most commonly kept as house pets.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says more than 400,000 have been caught in the wild and traded.

But stealing wild animals and plants is a crime in Paraguay - punishable by up to eight years in prison.

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