Indonesian authorities on Wednesday (October 6) released 583 birds back into the wild after seizing them from a suspected illegal collector. Footage captured in Bikittinggi in West Sumatra Province showed officers from the conservation department transporting large cages full of birds to the Mount Merapi Nature Tourism Park where they were set free. The birds were made up of 10 species, four of which are protected under Indonesian law, an official said. According to officials, the birds were seized after arresting a man on October 5 suspected of involvement in the trade of wild animals. The 49-year-old suspect faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
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