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Four Roseate Cockatoos missing from Blackpool Zoo

Tuesday, 5th August 2014

Blackpool Zoo is urgently appealing for the public to help it find four Roseate Cockatoos which have escaped.

The species which are native to Australia, flew off after being disturbed by seagulls during one of Blackpool Zoo’s daily bird displays on Wednesday 30th July.

Also known as Galahs, these distinctive birds are of a similar size to a medium sized parrot and they have a pale to mid-grey back, a pale grey rump, a pink face and chest, and a light pink mobile crest. 

All four Cockatoos have been housed in the same aviary at Blackpool Zoo since hatching and so Luke Minns, Head Keeper at Blackpool Zoo, is hopeful that the birds are together, which will make them more identifiable to the public.  

Luke 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 that 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.

“Both the police and RSPCA have been alerted and I would like to urge anyone with any information to please get in contact.”

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