Parrot protectors

Baby green-cheeked Amazons rescued, rehabilitating

Florida wildlife officials have recovered a pair of endangered parrot chicks who were swiped from their nest outside of a luxury hotel in Palm Beach.

A pet shop owner recovered the two green-cheeked Amazons from the thief, a man who was attempting to sell the birds. Biologist Paul Riello is now caring for the creatures at the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation, reported the Sun Sentinel.

The suspect, who used a poacher’s trap to ensnare the baby birds, violated a Palm Beach ordinance that designates the entire city as a bird sanctuary. Further, he faces trespassing penalties.

Green-cheeked Amazons are native to Mexico and have been living in colonies in Palm Beach since the 1940s.