"Gouty" cockatoo at centre of Austrian court case

Mon Jul 5, 2010 9:57am EDT
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VIENNA (Reuters Life!) - A cockatoo has been made to fly in front of an Austrian judge to try to identify whether it is lopsided in flight and not worth the 12,000 euros ($16,100) its owner paid for it, media reported Monday.

The cockatoo's Danish owner says the bird cannot fly properly because of chronic gout and is demanding his money back from the Austrian seller through a court in the south of the country.

"When the cockatoo flies around all crooked, it's worthless," the owner said, according to the Austria Press Agency (APA).

The cockatoo took its test flight in a hall in front of the judge and a vet, APA reported. A report on the bird's health is expected in three to four months.

(Reporting by Sylvia Westall, editing by Paul Casciato)