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Aviary closed after deaths of 10 parrots

September 13, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The San Diego Wild Animal Park has closed its aviary because 10 lorikeet parrots have died within the last week.

Park officials said that tests by county health officials ruled out West Nile virus. The cause is under investigation.

It is unusual for birds living together to die all at once, according to park spokeswoman Christina Simmons. "We don't know if it's illness or feed or something else," she said.

Simmons said officials at the park don't believe there was any danger to human health.

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