Published Tuesday, 13 May 2014
One of the African Greys stolen from the Tropical Butterfly House. (© UTV)
The business on Seaforde Road, Downpatrick, was targeted on Sunday night-Monday morning.
Owner Anthea Forde said that two African greys and one Amazonian parrot were taken.
"They were such nice birds all of them. Now I've got these cages that have been broken into - it's dreadful.
"They [the thieves] crashed in through the back of the butterfly house - they smashed the glass and came in the night before last."
Ms Forde said that she believed the birds were stolen by thieves hoping to sell them on.
"Yes, they are expensive birds if you go to buy one. The public loved them and I just miss them terribly."
She continued: "They were targeting these birds because they think they can get a lot of money for them.
"They were very brutal the way they did it - it looks as if they hit the run with a stick until the birds fell on the floor and then grabbed them."
The Amazonian parrot, called Pedro, is described as being red and green with a little bit of yellow in his tail and extremely noisy.
The African greys have a bit of red in their tails. One of the birds only has sight in one eye.
Anyone with information has been asked to contact the PSNI.
A PSNI statement said the parrots were stolen sometime between 6.30pm on Sunday and 9am on Monday.
It was initially reported that five terrapins were also stolen, however, they have since been located on the premises safe and well.
Anyone with any information about the theft is asked to contact Newcastle Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.
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