The Straits Times
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Published on Jan 08, 2013
 

Bangladesh court reunites lovesick parrot with her Prince

 
 

DHAKA (AFP) - A Bangladeshi court ruled on Monday that a lovesick macaw parrot be reunited with her male partner after she stopped eating in the wake of their separation.

The macaw named Princess has been fasting since Jan 3 when her long-time companion Prince was handed back to his owner Iqram Selim who had left him in the hands of a private zoo in Dhaka for safe keeping five years ago.

A magistrates court in the capital Dhaka ruled that Princess should stay with Mr Selim, saying it would be cruel to separate her from her mate after such a long period and could lead to her death, lawyers and family sources said.

The zoo owner, Mr Abdul Wadud, bought Princess from a dealer in Brazil as a partner for Prince and the couple got on so well that she gave birth to three chicks in September 2011, according to Mr Wadud's lawyer Barun Biswash.