AROUNd 60 birds have been stolen from Doncaster Council’s aviary at Hexthorpe Park.
The theft happened during the early hours of Monday morning, and about half of the budgies and cockatiels have been taken from the aviary. Thieves also took nesting boxes.
The birds were a variety of colours including blue, green, yellow, grey and white. The incident has been reported to South Yorkshire Police.
Director of adults and communities Joan Beck said: “Hexthorpe Park has always had an aviary and it has been recently refurbished.
“The theft of these much-loved creatures is distressing for members of the local community, particularly children who enjoy visiting them.
“I would urge anyone with information to come contact police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“Please quote incident number 173/24/4/12 and crime number A38099/2012.”