ASUNCION, Paraguay – The Asuncion zoo is desperately seeking a mate for Coco, the last known male of his species left in Paraguay.
Coco is an endangered Hyacinth Macaw, known in Paraguayan Spanish as a "papagayo azul." Scientists estimated several years ago that only 6,500 were left in the wild, mostly in Brazil.
It took a DNA test to show Coco is male, and zoo veterinarian Cristiane Rainner says they've kept him apart from other kinds of Macaws for now, even though he's quite sociable and even dances the cumbia when they put music on near his cage.
Coco's species is more or less a cousin to the Spix's Macaw featured in the animated movie "Rio."