Fifty baby parrots listed as endangered species were rescued by Mexican authorities from inside three cardboard boxes that had been abandoned by the side of a road.
The parrots were recovered in on the road between Sonoyta and San Luis Rio Colorado, in the north-western Mexican state of Baja California, inside three cardboard boxes that might have been sent to the city of Mexicali in order to be sold.
Specifically, authorities rescued eight yellow-naped Amazon or yellow-naped parrot (Amazona auropalliata), 38 orange-fronted parakeets or orange-fronted conure (Eupsittula canicularis) and four yellow-headed parrots (Amazona Oratrix). All of them are endangered species and are protected by Mexican law.
They were found by the side of the road by members of the Sedena (environmental department) while out on patrol.
The birds were immediately fed by rescuers because they had clear signs of dehydration and starvation, because they need to be fed every two or three hours. The birds were transferred to the centre of Contacto Salvaje (Wild Contact), located in the city of Ensenada, in the north-western Mexican state of Baja California, where they were taken care of by experts.
Authorities asked citizens not to buy any wild animals and to report the illegal sale of this endangered species.
Mexican law bans the hunt, sale, possession and transport of this kind of animals and people charged with this could face up to nine years in prison.