2 parrots stolen from hotel recovered

June 16, 2009 5:35:26 AM PDT
Two endangered parrots stolen from the grounds of a luxury hotel in South Florida have been recovered.

Palm Beach police say a man left the two green-cheeked Amazon parrot chicks in a pet store Monday after the store's owner refused to buy them. They are still searching for the suspect.

The birds are being rehabilitated at the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation.

The chicks were part of a flock of more than 100 wild birds at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach. Biologists monitor the birds with cameras aimed at their nests in hollowed-out trees. That's how authorities learned the two chicks were missing.

Police say the suspect faces trespassing charges and violated an ordinance declaring the island town a bird sanctuary.

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