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Delight as stolen parrots are returned after owner's plea to thieves

By David Whelan

Two rare parrots worth more than £1,000 that were stolen from their enclosure, have been returned to their owner.

It was feared that the pair of African Greys wouldn't survive outside their heated environment in Seaforde Gardens and Tropical Butterfly House near Newcastle, Co Down.

But yesterday the birds, which had been stolen on Monday, were handed back.

A third Amazonian parrot that had lived at the enclosure for more than 20 years has still not been recovered.

Police had originally arrested a 27-year-old man after discovering a bird in a search of a house in the Burnreagh Drive area of Newtownards, but a member of staff at Seaforde confirmed that the bird was not theirs.

Charles Forde of Seaforde Gardens said that everyone was delighted to have Harry and Jack back. "We got a call late on Wednesday night that a third party would be giving the birds back," he said.

"Thankfully they look like they were treated well and are in good condition but I think they are still a little frightened.

"Unfortunately Pedro is still missing, he's been with us a long time and it's been very quiet without him.

"Pedro would be the loudest of our birds and he certainly wouldn't be manageable for someone's home."

He added: "We hope that if anyone knows anything or hears anything they will get in touch with us."

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