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Colorful Macaws Bring Beauty to Chaotic Caracas

In the 1970s, at the foot of the Caribbean mountain range flanking Caracas, a motorcycle-riding Italian immigrant turned heads for being inexplicably chased by a macaw nicknamed Pancho. The young man, Vittorio Poggi, was an animal lover who was then inspired to breed the birds en masse and release them across the fertile valley that cradles Venezuela's gritty capital. Forty years later, hundreds, perhaps thousands of descendants of those long-tailed birds color Caracas' sky,...

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