Parrots at Wicksteed Park found with feet cut off

The two parrots before they had their feet cut off at Wicksteed Park
Image caption The parrots had their feet cut off at Wicksteed Park

Two parrots have had their feet cut off at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire.

The park's head gardener, Kevin Lenton, found the birds lying on the floor of their aviary on Wednesday morning.

Keepers at the Kettering park believe the parrots, nicknamed Sid and Nancy, had their legs pulled through the mesh of the aviary before they were removed.

The pair had to be put down. A £500 reward is now being offered for information which leads to conviction of those responsible.

John Roberts, managing director of Wicksteed Park, said: "This appears to be a horrible case of cruelty involving two of the much-cherished and popular birds at the park.

"The way the birds' feet had been cut suggests that they were pulled through the cage.

'Sickened everyone'

"The vet who examined the birds said the fact that they were still alive in the morning would suggest that this was done in the early hours."

The birds were Amazon orange winged parrots and were donated to the park in April.

They were two years old and were worth about £1,000 each.

Mr Roberts added: "We have reported the incident to the police and are currently viewing CCTV footage of the aviary and surrounding area.

"This is an awful incident which has sickened everyone involved with the park and we are doing all we can to help police catch the people responsible."

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