Dubai Expat Offers 2k GBP For Return Of Stolen Parrots

Story By: Alex Cope, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash

This Dubai resident is offering a 2,100-GBP cash reward for anyone who helps her recover her five talking parrots after they were stolen from her home.

South African ex-pat Yolande Koen Bennet says the birds were taken from their cages in her garden in the Mirdif area of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates during the night.

Bennet says she had placed the birds outside as the “weather was nice” and she “wanted to see how they would interact outside”.


Bennet, who said she hoped to “wake up with them chirping away” says there seemed to be no issues in the evening but woke up to find the cages empty.

She says “it would have been impossible for them to have gotten out since there were chains with the locks on the doors” of the cages that could only be opened from the outside.

She has now filed a police report with investigators taking fingerprints from the scene.


Bennet told local media: “Charlie is an Umbrella Cockatoo (Cacatua alba, mainly white with yellow underwings and tail), who can say ‘hello Charlie’, ‘sweet boy’ and ‘I love you’.

“Tequila and Savanna are Galah Cockatoos (Eolophus roseicapilla, pink and grey) and Coco is an African Grey Psittacus erithacus), all of them can say ‘Hello’.

“Zulu (green, red, blue and yellow) is a double yellow-headed Amazon (Amazona oratrix), who can say ‘hello’, ‘salaam alaikum” and “hohoho” and even makes a siren sound.


The owner estimates their worth at around 30,000 AED (6,510) and says she has been putting up posters in the area offering 10,000 AED (2,171 GBP) for the return of all five parrots but as received no leads.

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Alex Cope

I am a senior writer and editor of the Golders news agency specialising in sports news from around the world.