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Enquiry launched to locate missing endangered Macaw

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Aizawl: In response to a criminal case filed at Sairang Police Station near Aizawl, authorities have initiated an investigation into the disappearance of a precious Lear’s Macaw, also known as the Brazilian parrot, as reported by a senior Mizoram Police official on Monday.

The official stated that several individuals have been questioned in an effort to locate the missing exotic bird and identify the responsible party or parties behind its vanishing.

Earlier this month, volunteers from the Central Anti-Drugs Squad (CADS), established by the central committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA), made a significant discovery. They found the Lear’s Macaw along with a quantity of heroin at the outskirts of Seling village in Saitual district, in a vehicle en route from the Myanmar border Champhai town to Aizawl.

Following the discovery, the YMA leaders handed over the exotic bird to the authorities of the state’s Environment, Forests, and Climate Change department, who, in turn, transferred it to the Aizawl Zoological Park at Lungverh area on the same day.

Regrettably, the Brazilian Parrot was reported missing the following morning, much to the dismay of the YMA leaders and wildlife enthusiasts alike. They have appealed to the authorities to intensify efforts in locating the missing bird and bringing the perpetrators of this crime to justice.

The Lear’s Macaw, also known as the indigo macaw, is classified as one of the world’s most endangered animal species, with a total population of merely 1,600 worldwide. Adults of this species typically measure 70 to 75 centimeters in length, weighing around 950 grams, and are valued at prices ranging from Rs 30,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh in India.

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