Chatham-Kent Police are asking for the public’s help to find stolen animals.
Chatham-Kent Police are investigating a series of animal nappings at the Greenview Aviaries Park and Zoo in Morpeth.
Greenview Aviaries is reporting a lemur, a squirrel monkey, a red Eclectus parrot, a lime-green Eclectus parrot, and two umbrella cockatoos have been stolen.
The animals were stolen in three incidents between October and November 2021. The thieves forced their way into the zoo and broke open the animal’s enclosures at night with bolt cutters. He said the animals were in a locked barn with padlocks on the cages.
Daly said the Greenview Aviaries Park & Zoo has been operating for nearly four decades and hasn’t had any of its animals stolen until these thefts this past fall. According to the zoo’s co-owner, Brian Daly, the areas where the animals were stolen did not have an appropriate security system set up. The security has since been upgraded.
“We had just completed our 38th season of Greenview, and not one thing has ever been stolen before,” said Daly. “I never really invested in a whole bunch of security. Obviously, we have good security now.”
While Daly is thankful for the police and public assistance in trying to locate the animals, he admits he is not very optimistic the animals will return as stolen things don’t come back too often.
“I imagine someone out there has probably bought one of the birds. Probably somebody has bought a bird in the last month or two and thought, ‘Oh, I wonder if that’s it’, but I don’t know that for sure,” said Daly.
Renee Cowell of Chatham-Kent Police Services said they do not have any information as to why the animals were stolen, and they have exhausted their investigative leads.
“Our priority right now is to locate the animals to ensure their health and safety and ultimately return them to their rightful owners,” said Cowell. “In doing so, we hope to identify those responsible for the theft and hold them accountable for their actions.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Steve Donald at email@example.com or 519-436-6600 mailbox #84980. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News