"They stole a cub and a pair of arabic speaking parrots..."  

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11/27/2005 7:15 pm

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"They stole a cub and a pair of arabic speaking parrots..."

IT sounds like a bad joke, the last line is amazing. Best piece of journalism EVER!


Cub, parrots snatched from zoo

Sunday, November 27, 2005 Posted: 2159 GMT (0559 HKT)

Palestinian police in Gaza conduct a security check Sunday.
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Armed robbers made off with a lion cub and two Arabic-speaking parrots in a recent raid on Gaza's zoo, the Palestinian police chief and newspapers said.

Suod al-Shawwa, the zoo's chairman of the board, told Palestinian newspapers four masked gunmen used blankets to try and snatch a pair of lion cubs, but only managed to capture one.

"They wrapped the lion cub in a blanket and took him away," Shawwa said.

He said the Kalashnikov-toting gang first tied the zoo keeper up in a cafeteria and then made their way to the cages, where they also seized the parrots.

Palestinian police chief Ala Husni said forces were investigating the theft and believed the cub and parrots were being concealed in a Gaza hide-out.

Shawwa promised a $1,000 reward to whoever managed to track the animals down.

The small zoo opened last month in the crowded coastal strip and is also home to squirrels, monkeys, an ostrich, and some household pets.

Israel completed a pullout from Gaza in September, ending 38 years of occupation.

Rival armed groups have been trying to stake a claim to power in Gaza ahead of key parliamentary elections in January.

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