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20 parrots massacred: 'It was no ferret'

20 parrots massacred: 'It was no ferret'

Published: 03 Apr 2012 09:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 Apr 2012 09:09 GMT+02:00

The shocking sight of 20 parrots dead in their cages has left a devastated Swedish breeder wondering how so many of his valuable birds ended up beaten – and apparently bitten – to death.

"It was horrible," experienced parrot breeder Torny Sjökvist, who hails from the village of Skara in central Sweden, told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Sjökvist made the grisly discovery on Sunday morning when he walked out into a suspiciously quiet backyard where the cages housing his valuable birds are kept.

At first, he noticed one dead parrot lying on the floor of its cage.

But upon closer inspection, Sjökvist's initial sadness turned to utter shock when he discovered that some twenty of his beloved parrots were dead in their cages

Several appeared to have been beaten, while others had apparently been bitten by some other animal.

"I'd had some of them for ten, fifteen years," he told the newspaper.

"I'd raised them myself."

Among the bevy of slain birds were a Rose-breasted Cockatoos, Amazon parrots, and Golden Parakeets, which are exceedingly rare.

"There's only one other pair of them in Sweden, and I had a special permit in order to have them. The goal was to breed more," said Sjöqvist.

In addition to the emotional toll caused by the mass killing, Sjöqvist's parrot breeding business stands to take a massive financial blow following the massacre.

"The Golden Parakeets alone were worth 150,000 kronor ($17,000)," he told Aftonbladet.

As one of the birds was found dead outside its closed cage, Sjöqvist suspects a human was involved in the attack, dismissing theories that a ferret could have been the culprit.

"No ferret can get through my nets – they're too tight. I've had parrots like this for 25 years," he said.

"I think someone let in a mink and beat some of them to death."

Police have launched an investigation into the matter, which is believed to have taken place between 9pm on Saturday night and noon on Sunday.

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10:32 April 3, 2012 by gpafledthis
Maybe "Champis" thought they talked too much to live in sweden !!
10:46 April 3, 2012 by Cephalectomy
what is horrible, this is nature, animals eat others to survive, your birds can reproduce and you have many anyway, this animal who lives outside is cold maybe freezing and didnt find something better to eat / massacre

get over with it, ur mostly sad about how much money u make out of expensive parrots especially the one in the picture at the left, of the dead birds that has been shown all over
11:00 April 3, 2012 by skogsbo
probably mink, but a fox will also kill all and only take one.
11:04 April 3, 2012 by Cephalectomy
i wonder also why has he got no insurance, and being sad about the financial blow ?

the animal who tortured them apparently had some lördagsmys

get over with it, ur trying to breed and do business with them, should have thought of insurance.
12:22 April 3, 2012 by eppie
I wonder if the owner knows how many parrots were killed in the whole process of capturing them in the amazone and bringing them to Sweden.

I want to breed with them my ***

You have let people steal endangered species from their habitat where in the process many of their borthers were killed. Get a normal hobby.
16:33 April 3, 2012 by strixy
Looks liek the Swedes like to take their frustraton out on animals. First limping cat now this.
20:44 April 3, 2012 by Pakistani_Student
I wonder were those parrots limping too ??
09:10 April 4, 2012 by spo10
poor birds!
03:07 April 15, 2012 by DoubtfulGuest
Does the owner have any idea as to whom might do this? A local with a grudge who had access to minks? A person with am ink who tied one on?

It's still a horrible shock, to have lost intelligent birds that you have kept (and loved) for years. Personally, it makes me sad to think of that man's loss. We all have little enough that we can love, care for, and pride ourselves in raising. It's not just that these birds are worth thousands - though that does count. It's that these birds are both this man's love and his expertise. How many of us know the difference between one of these breeds and another? Yet there are specialists who do - and he is one.
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