How Callous Smugglers Cram Cockatoos into Plastic Bottles to Get Them Through Customs
More than 24 critically endangered cockatoos were rescued by police after being found stuffed in water bottles for illegal trade.
Smugglers crammed the Yellow-crested cockatoos into empty bottles so they could get through customs at Port of Tanjung Perak in Surabaya, Indonesia.
But Indonesian Police discovered the birds, which can be sold for as much as £650 each, and cut them free so they could receive medical attention.
The Yellow-crested cockatoo was listed as a critically endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 2007.
More than 24 critically endangered cockatoos were rescued by police after being found stuffed in water bottles for illegal trade
The population is at a critical low due to deforestation and poaching and recent studies suggest there may be less than 7,000 individuals remaining.
More than 10,000 parrots, including Lories and Cockatoos, are caught from the wild in North Halmahera, Indonesia, each year to supply the domestic and the international illegal wildlife trade.