Ukrainian women are arrested in Minas Gerais for trafficking Lear’s Macaw eggs, an endangered bird exclusive to Brazil | Valleys of Minas Gerais

Ukrainian women are arrested in Minas Gerais for trafficking Lear’s Macaw eggs, an endangered bird exclusive to Brazil | Valleys of Minas Gerais
Ukrainian women are arrested in Minas Gerais for trafficking Lear’s Macaw eggs, an endangered bird exclusive to Brazil | Valleys of Minas Gerais
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1 of 1 Eggs were in the rear of the vehicle — Photo: Federal Police/Disclosure
Eggs were in the rear of the vehicle — Photo: Federal Police/Disclosure

Two Ukrainian women, aged 45 and 47, were arrested in Minas Gerais on suspicion of trafficking Lear’s Macaw eggs, which would be taken to Europe.

A Lear’s blue macaw is endangered bird exclusive to Brazil. The current population has around 1,500 individuals throughout the country, being found only in the Raso da Catarina region and Boqueirão da Onça, in Bahia.

The arrest was carried out by the Federal Highway Police in Governador Valadares, this Friday (2). The suspects were in a rented car that was approached while passing the PRF station.

“At first it was a standard approach, but she got a little too nervous [uma das mulheres] raised suspicion. When I approached the left rear door, she showed even more nervousness”, reports highway police officer Edson Alexandre da Silva.

“When I opened [a porta]I saw a bag and, inside that bag, I found the eggs in a greenhouse, connected to the car’s cigarette lighter socket, which was preserving the eggs”, he recalls.

The women had left the state of Bahia and were going to Guarulhos airport (SP), where they would board a flight to Europe, according to the Federal Police (PF).

“The eggs of the species, known to be threatened with extinction, were collected in the interior of Bahia, in a federal conservation unit area, with the help of local residents,” the corporation reported.

The two foreign women were taken to the PF headquarters in Governador Valadares and will be investigated for illegal animal trafficking and smuggling.

One of them, aged 45, had already been convicted of the same crime. “It has several entrances and exits here in Brazil. It appears that she is already a persistent wildlife trafficker,” said the federal highway police officer.

Two foreign women are arrested for trafficking Lear’s Macaw eggs

Lear’s Macaws form pairs that reproduce once a year, generating up to three eggs, but most of the time, only two chicks survive.

The nests are normally located in natural cavities in sandstone-limestone walls, which are often invaded by exotic bees.

The main natural predator is the Chilean eagle, but there are other threats that put the survival of the Lear’s Macaw at risk, such as animal traffickinginjuries or deaths caused by power distribution lines and the destruction of their natural habitat, the Caatinga.

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