Bird centre hatches £100,000 worth of rare bird eggs smuggled into Britain by ‘Pablo Escobar of the egg trade’

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A BIRD centre has hatched £100,000 of rare eggs smuggled into Britain.

Wildlife hunter Jeffrey Lendrum had the South African haul hidden in a body pouch when stopped at Heathrow last June.

Two Cape Vultures were hand reared at the centre
Two Cape vultures were among the 17  hand reared at the International Centre for Birds of Prey
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The International Centre for Birds of Prey hand-reared 17 of the 19 chicks, including fish eagles, Cape vultures, black sparrowhawks and hawk-eagles.

Jemima Parry-Jones, director of the centre in Newent, Gloucs, said: “They can’t go back into the wild. They’re too habituated to humans. Their offspring can, so we’ll try breeding from them.

Ms Parry-Jones continued: “We will try breeding from these birds and then their young will be parent-reared rather than hand-reared.

“This means the offspring will be viable to go back to the wild.”


She added: “Customs officials are going to visit to discuss the birds future because once court case like this is over the birds belong to the Crown.”

Serial egg crook Lendrum, 56, an Irish and Zimbabwean citizen, got 37 months’ jail after admitting smuggling at Snaresbrook crown court, East London.

Jeffery Lendaum was sentenced to 37 months for illegally smuggling rare bird eggs into the UK
Jeffery Lendaum was sentenced to 37 months for illegally smuggling rare bird eggs into the UK
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19 rare eggs strapped to his chest were seized from Jeffery Lendrum as he entered the UK
19 rare eggs strapped to Lendrum’s chest were seized from as he entered the UK
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These chicks are not able to go back into the wild as they are too reliant on humans
These chicks will not be able to go back into the wild when fully grown as they are too reliant on humans
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Jemima Parry-Jones, director of the bird centre hopes to breed the fully grown birds now
Jemima Parry-Jones, director of the bird centre hopes to breed the fully grown birds now
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Jeffery Lendrum was considered the'Pablo Escobar of the falcon-egg trade'
Jeffery Lendrum was considered the ‘Pablo Escobar of the falcon-egg trade’
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