python seemingly smuggled into Budapest Zoo by a visitor has killed three rare
Kea parrots, zoo spokesman Zoltán Hanga said on Friday.
inventory value of the damage if HUF 4.5 million (EUR 17,481) but the damage to
conservation is much significant," Hanga said in a statement.
has several pythons but Hanga said they were all tagged with microchips and
accounted for. Hanga said that the 2-metre-long python was discovered in the
birds’ cage on Tuesday morning but that it was not yet clear whether somebody
had deliberately let it loose in the cage or simply released it in another part
of the zoo. The Kea parrot is native to the mountainous regions of New
Zealand’s South Island.
estimates put the number of birds living in the wild at somewhere between 1,000
and 5,000 and Hanga said that there were only 140 of the birds in captivity
worldwide. The zoo has reported the incident to the police.