Wednesday, 22. May 2013 - 09:05
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A bird breeder has been left with a 40,000 GBP bill after a five-year legal battle to get his cash back because the rare red-tailed black cockatoo was unable to fly and as a result could not impress females, and could not breed.
The 10,000 GBP stud cockatoo who turned into a flop had ruffled feathers in court when judges decided to put his flying skills to the test - and moved their court room to a sports centre so the bird could demonstrate his flying skills.
And as claimed by the Danish bird breeder Seppi careered across the room and crashed into a wall.
But an independent report by vet Alexander Rabitsch and bird expert Ewald Köppel said that cockkatoos in the wild were also extremely bad fliers - and preferred to get around by climbing. He said that despite his bad flight performance the bird was perfectly healthy.
Köppel said: "Cockatoos rarely fly in the wild, and when they do it is usually badly. They are in the first instance a climbing bird."
Former owner Guenther Peters from Villach, Austria, claimed the bird was fit and healthy when he sold it to a German who, according to the 76-year-old breeder, later flogged it to the Danish claimant.
The Dane will now have to pay the court costs in full.
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