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Bangladesh court reunites lovesick parrot with her prince
孟加拉法院讓相思病鸚鵡「公主」與「王子」團圓

Top and above: Parrot owner Abdul Wadud poses with his macaw named Princess outside a court in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Jan. 10.
鸚鵡飼主瓦度一月十日在孟加拉達卡市法庭外,與他的金剛鸚鵡「公主」合影。

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A Bangladeshi court ruled on Jan. 7 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 had 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 the capital Dhaka for safe keeping five years ago.

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

The zoo owner, 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.

After Wadud refused to return Prince, Selim won a court order and was reunited with his gold and blue parrot.

After Princess went on hunger strike, however, Wadud decided to appeal the order and the court ruled on Jan. 7 in his favor.

Wildlife experts said that Princess’s refusal to take food following the separation was quite normal as the species is generally monogamous once they have found a suitable mate.

(AFP)

孟加拉一法院一月七日判決,一隻害相思病的金剛鸚鵡應與她的男伴侶團圓;她在與所愛分離後停止進食。

這隻名為「公主」的金剛鸚鵡,自從一月三日她的長期伴侶「王子」歸還給他的飼主塞利姆後,便一直絕食。五年前塞利姆將王子交由首都達卡一座私人動物園保管。

達卡的裁判法院判決,公主應留給塞利姆,並表示在如此長久的相互為伴後,拆散她與她的伴侶是非常殘酷之事,並可能導致她死亡。

動物園主瓦度在巴西從一名販子手中買下「公主」,做為「王子」的同伴,這對鸚鵡如膠似漆,二○一一年九月牠產下三隻幼雛。

在瓦度拒絕歸還王子後,塞利姆贏得法院命令,並與他的琉璃金剛鸚鵡團聚。

但在公主絕食抗議後,瓦度決定上訴,法院一月七日做出對他有利的判決。

野生動物專家指出,公主在與所愛分離後拒絕進食,是極為正常的行為,因為該物種一旦找到合適的伴侶,通常便是一夫一妻。

(法新社/翻譯:魏國金)

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