A breeding pair of cockatoo parrots have been stolen from Dublin Zoo.

The parrots were stolen from their aviary during the night when Dublin Zoo was closed to the public.

Director of the zoo Peter Wilson describes how the keepers discovered that the two rose head cockatoos were missing from their cage. A section of the cage had been cut with wire cutters and the thieves were probably experts.

It's not that easy to catch a parrot.

The parrots were very valuable to Dublin Zoo as they were a breeding pair. The birds are marked with microchips so if found, they will be able to be identified categorically.  The cockatoos are valued at around £3,000.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 February 1990. The reporter is Kevin MacDonald.