Thieves Snatch $1,800 Baby Cockatoo From Pet Store

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) – Police are looking for a baby cockatoo reported stolen from a suburban New York pet store.

According to CBS New York, the 12-week-old Goffin’s cockatoo was taken Saturday from For Birds Only, a store in Mineola, New York.

Goffin’s cockatoos are native to Indonesia and known as intelligent and affectionate.

Store co-owner Ida Ferreira says the stolen bird needs to be fed formula through a dropper. She’s pleading with the thieves: “Don’t let him die.”

CBS2 says three people came in and asked an employee about the $1,800 cockatoo. Security video shows two grabbing it from an open-topped enclosure and stuffing it in a bag while the third apparently plays lookout.

The bird’s disappearance was discovered minutes after the thieves left.

The Nassau County Police Department is investigating.

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