Published On: Wed, May 6th, 2015

Indonesia man arrested for smuggling rare birds in water bottles

Indonesian police have arrested a wildlife smuggler after discovering nearly two dozen rare live birds, mostly yellow-crested cockatoos, jammed inside plastic water bottles in his luggage.

The man, 37, was arrested by police on Monday when his luggage was searched while exiting a passenger ship in Surabaya, a city on the main island of Java.

photo/ TV Max screenshot

photo/ TV Max screenshot

The head of the criminal investigation unit at Tanjung Perak port, Aldy Sulaiman, said police found the birds stashed inside the man’s luggage.

“We found 21 yellow-crested cockatoos and one green parrot,” he said. “All the birds were found inside water bottles, which were packed in a crate.”

The shocking photographs show the birds, with distinctive yellow plumage, peering out of the bottles after being found by officers. The bottoms of the bottles had been cut off to squeeze the birds inside.

TV Max put together a short video which rolls through some of the images – check it out below.

Sulaiman said the man admitted carrying two birds for a friend but claimed to know nothing about the other animals. If found guilty of smuggling, the man, from near Surabaya, could face up to five years in prison.

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.Yellow-crested cockatoos are native to Indonesia and neighboring East Timor and considered critically endangered. These birds are larger than the common sulfur-crested cockatoos, which found in Australia, New Guinea and pet stores across the globe.


photo of Lesser Sulphur-crested Cockatoo by Snowmanradio via wikimedia

photo of Lesser Sulphur-crested Cockatoo by Snowmanradio via wikimedia

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  2. vicki says:

    I’m sick to my stomach, and crying. This criminal should get death by stuffing in a 5 gallon plastic jug then thrown in a pool of boiling water. Human depravity never ceases to amaze me.

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