West Bengal: Three exotic birds stolen from Kolkata zoo

Preliminary investigations revealed that the miscreants had used a bird-catcher made from a stick and fabric to catch the birds. They then used a 15-foot-tall ladder stored within the zoo to climb the boundary wall and flee

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan

UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:22 AM IST

Three unique birds, seized by the Border safety Drive (BSF) from smugglers alongside the Indo-Bangla border and despatched to the Kolkata zoo, had been stolen on Thursday.

“Three keel-billed toucans, which had been handed over to us by the BSF final 12 months, had been stolen. We’ve got lodged a police grievance and an inner enquiry has been initiated,” mentioned AK Samanta, director of Kolkata Zoo.

On Thursday morning, zoo authorities seen that the enclosure the place 4 keel-billed toucans had been stored had been minimize open and three of them had been lacking.

“The three had been stored in separate cages contained in the aviary as they had been present process therapy. One was free and was sitting on prime of a tree trunk contained in the aviary,” mentioned Samanta.

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Keel-billed toucan is a vibrant Latin American fowl and the nationwide fowl of Belize. It has an enormous beak, nearly one third of its physique dimension. Within the gray market, a pair can fetch greater than 10 lakh.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the miscreants had used a bird-catcher made from a stick and fabric to catch the birds. They then used a 15-foot-tall ladder stored within the zoo to climb the boundary wall and flee.

“There have been a minimum of two safety guards inside 50 metres of the aviary. There was, nonetheless, no CCTV digital camera in that space,” mentioned Samanta.

In August 2009, a minimum of eight marmosets had been stolen from the Kolkata Zoo. Later, seven had been recovered a one individual was arrested from Chattisgarh.

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