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5 parakeets stolen from pet store in Fukuoka Pref

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Five large parakeets have been stolen from a pet store in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, including one designated as an endangered species, police said Friday. The value of the stolen birds is estimated at around 1.7 million yen. 

The owner of Bird Center Asakura, located in the Hiramatsu district, reported to the police that five large parakeets were missing when he opened the store on Monday. He said one of the birds was an endangered species, the African Grey Parrot.

The parakeets were kept in 80-cm-tall cages which were also taken. Police said the door and window screen had been forced open.

Store owner Yasunori Tanaka told local media: “When I came to see the birds as usual, I was astonished to see they were gone along with the cages. I’m very worried if they’re still alive and hope I can get them all back safely.”

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I realize until now that parrots and parakeets were the same thing. Isn't that a bit like saying chickens and ducks are the same thing?

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First post should say didn't realize. My phone thinks it knows better what I want to say

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The headline is wrong. It should read 5 parrots. A parakeet is a smaller sub-variety of parrot. A gray parrot will at a parakeet sandwich for lunch - hold the avocado.

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If they had used the word parrots instead of parakeets. then it would have been correct. All parakeets are parrots, but not all parrots are parakeets.

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Hey guys, Parakeet lives matter too! Not just the Parrot’s ok?

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Why are pet shops allowed to acquire and sell an endangered species?

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Wow! The price of these birds is unbelievable! I guess it’s easy to understand why so many Japanese are getting caught smuggling birds and eggs out of Australia.

And, just to reiterate what others have stated. A parakeet by description is a small parrot. To state they are large parakeets just doesn’t make sense.

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I grew up in West Africa and a lot of my friends had African Greys. They are incredible mimics. One of my friends' parrot could mimic the sound of the phone as well as the footsteps of the person running to answer it. The thieves better be careful not to make any incriminating sounds.

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My money is on a guy that came into the shop a few days before wearing a mask and asked details about the parrots. Same type of thing happened at a watch shop and golf shop near my house.

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Maria:

Why are pet shops allowed to acquire and sell an endangered species?

That was my first thought too, certainly not that the owner was a robbery victim. Personally, I think all pet shops selling animals should be shut down. And anyone who wants to look after a cat or dog should go and adopt from the animal shelters after going through a vetting process.

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Somewhere there is a stool pigeon who is bound to sing like a canary and we'll find out who pulled off this caper.

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Nothing against these beautiful birds, but surely there must be more newsworthy crimes than this

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Nothing against these beautiful birds, but surely there must be more newsworthy crimes than this

Or perhaps it's wonderful that there isn't.

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Parakeets aren't large. Parrots sound more like it.

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I’m also wondering why the pet shop had an endangered species bird. Was it acquired before that species was registered as endangered? Or? If the shop had it illegally one would think the owner would not have reported its theft.

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"He was astonished to see them gone, hoped they were alive and for they're safe return" well that sure states the obvious. But fortunately for him parrots aren't very quiet. Put a fat reward out there and someone's bound to notice their neighbors new collection of noisy parrots.

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I bet it took a real Bird Brain to pull this burglary off ….. Tweet Tweet

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Five large parakeets

The value of the stolen birds is estimated at around 1.7 million yen. 

340,000 a bird. Something is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it.

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