Cute parakeets in Seychelles doomed

by Rebecca on June 29, 2012

in Animal Stories,Animals in the News

From the Washington Times:

By Jason Straziuso, Associated Press

LE JARDIN DU ROI, Seychelles — The green parakeets that live on the tropical paradise of Seychelles fly into the bamboo stalks next to Micheleine Georges‘ 150-year-old farmhouse at dusk.

The birds are small and cute. They also are marked for death.

A project funded by the European Union aims to eradicate the Indian ringneck parakeet so a Seychelles national bird – the black parrot – may live, according to those carrying out the program. The black parrot could be wiped out by a disease that the Indian ringneck parakeet carries.

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