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A menagerie of parrots has been rescued from a Pine Island bird sanctuary after its owners refused to evacuate without them in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. The mission, dubbed “Operation Noah's Ark,” transported two lemurs and 275 exotic birds to West Palm Beach, where they will be housed until a collapsed bridge can be repaired and normal life restored to the island. About a dozen volunteers caught and caged the parrots, then ferried them to Fort Myers using a small fleet of boats. Hurricane Ian battered Southwest Florida a week ago with 150 mph gusts, making some roads impassable and islands inaccessible. Heavy rains and wind-driven ocean surges brought dangerous flooding.

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Alexis Highland handles a parrot that is being evacuated from the Malama Manu Sanctuary in Pine Island, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. Hundreds of birds had to be rescued from the sanctuary after Hurricane Ian swept through the area. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

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Will Peratino, owner of the Malama Manu Sanctuary, top right, and Alexis Highland, bottom right, place a bird in a cage on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, in Pine Island, Fla. Hundreds of birds had to be evacuated from the island after Hurricane Ian swept through the region. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

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Animal crates holding exotic and rare birds viewed through a window are carried to a boat waiting to transport them back to the mainland in Pine Island, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. Volunteers helped rescue hundreds of birds from a sanctuary that was damaged by Hurricane Ian. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

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Crates of exotic and rare birds are loaded onto boats in Pine Island, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. Volunteers helped rescue hundreds of birds from the Malama Manu Sanctuary after Hurricane Ian damaged the area. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

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Will Peratino peers into a bird cage on his property in Pine Island, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. Peratino's rare and exotic birds had to be evacuated from his bird sanctuary after Hurricane Ian damaged the property. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

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A crumpled section of roof sits beside a bird cage at the Malama Manu Sanctuary in Pine Island, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. The sanctuary was heavily damaged by wind and flooding during Hurricane Ian, forcing hundreds of exotic birds to be relocated. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

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Bryan Stern, founder of Project Dynamo, carries a bird being rescued from a sanctuary in Pine Island, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. The organization was called to rescue a collection of hundreds of exotic birds from the island after Hurricane Ian devastated the region. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

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Parrots sit in cages waiting to be transported to the mainland in Pine Island, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. Volunteers helped evacuate hundreds of birds from the Malama Manu Sanctuary to escape damage from Hurricane Ian. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

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Alexis Highland handles a parrot at the Malama Manu Sanctuary in Pine Island, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. The birds had to be rescued from the sanctuary after Hurricane Ian swept through the area. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)