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January 02, 2009

Bird Spooked by fireworks..

Fireworks used to ring in the New Year instead led to a horrific scene at a local wildlife conservation center, officials said.

Workers at the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation doing a routine morning check-up today discovered a dead red-browed Amazon parrot with severe head and face injuries.

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It was obvious from the bird's injuries that it had thrashed itself to death against its enclosure, said Paul Reillo, director of the conservation center.

The parrot was part of a recovery project to breed the rare species and reintroduce it to its natural habitat in the lowland humid forests of Brazil. The wild population is estimated to be between 1,000 and 2,500 birds, according to Birdlife International, an international conservation organization.

Reillo said the birds and other animals always get spooked by the fireworks, but this is the first time an animal has reacted so violently.

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Posted by sue at January 2, 2009 12:35 PM

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