TWO of the world's most exotic parrots – African Macaws – have been stolen from an Irish pet farm in a bizarre break-in which could net the thieves over €2,000.
The multi-coloured birds were stolen on Monday and Tuesday night from Corkagh Park Pet Farm, near Clondalkin, and a full garda investigation is under way.
The theft of the two birds, named Bobo and Polly, has left staff deeply concerned for their welfare.
"The workers at the farm had grown incredibly close to the parrots and some of the staff volunteer their time so it's a real tragedy for all concerned," a spokeswoman from South Dublin County Council, which operates the pet farm, said. "The pet farm is really popular with schools and families. There's something for everybody there but young people really loved the parrots because the birds had the ability to talk to you and were really exotic.
"They're a huge loss and it's very unfortunate. We'd appeal for anyone with information to come forward."
She confirmed they are liaising with gardai on the matter.
She said the thieves must have known what they were about because the parrots would "screech and claw" if strangers tried to forcibly remove them from their usual surroundings.
There is now only one parrot – called Ozzie – left in the sanctuary and the fear is that an attempt will also be made to steal this bird.
The two parrots could be worth €2,000.
Macaws are brilliantly coloured members of the parrot family with powerful beaks and large "gripping toes".
They usually mate for life and their natural habitat includes the Central and South American rainforests.
They are described as "intelligent and social" and often gather in flocks of up to 30 birds.