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Cockatoos still missing after flying from zoo

One of the Roseate cockatoos missing from Blackpool Zoo

One of the Roseate cockatoos missing from Blackpool Zoo

Four birds have gone missing from Blackpool Zoo.

Keepers at the attraction off East Park Drive in the resort are urging the Fylde coast to be on the lookout for the cockatoos after they escaped.

The pink and grey feathered birds, also known as galahs, flew off after being disturbed by seagulls during one of the Zoo’s daily bird displays on July 30.

They have not been seen since and keepers had hoped they would return to the aviary, where they have all lived since hatching, for food, but they are known to be a self-sufficient breed.

The distinctive birds, native to Australia, are of a similar size to a medium sized parrot and have a pale to mid-grey back, a pale grey rump, a pink face and chest, and a light pink mobile crest.

Head keeper Luke Minns is hopeful the four birds are together, making them more identifiable.

He said: “We’re asking the public to keep their eyes open and help get the word out so that we can find and safely return the cockatoos to their home.

“We hoped the cockatoos would have come back to the Zoo for food by now, but as they are quite self-sufficient birds they haven’t returned yet.

“We still remain hopeful that by staying together and their distinct features the public will be able to recognise the cockatoos.”

Police and RSPCA officers have been informed and anyone with information is asked to contact to the zoo on (01253) 830830.

 

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