Bird killer caught

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Smith

A SHEL­LEY fa­ther has pleaded for more aware­ness from cat own­ers after his daugh­ter’s two birds were killed.

When 18-year-old Clau­dia Zilm no­ticed her cock­atiel Freay was miss­ing from her cage in the back­yard, she searched for the bird and made the grue­some dis­cov­ery of a sin­gle wing, ripped from the bird’s body, on the pave­ment.

Just a week later, she dis­cov­ered her baby cock­atiel Teddy was miss­ing when she went to bring him in­side the house at night and found his wing lodged in-be­tween two paving slabs nearby.

Her fa­ther Damien Zilm said his daugh­ter was dis­traught and had ded­i­cated a time to rais­ing them.

“We lost one of the adult birds and then lost one of the baby birds that she’d hand-reared and put a lot of ef­fort into be­cause they didn’t want to feed ini­tially,” he said. “We were play­ing YouTube videos to try and get them to feed by hear­ing other birds feed to have them re­spond,” he said.

“They had their own per­son­al­i­ties, the two birds bonded re­ally well to­gether and with her as well.”

Mr Zilm said the cat was even­tu­ally caught, but the dam­age had been done.

“It was a beau­ti­ful, small slim cat, it had a bell. I imag­ine the own­ers thought ‘my beau­ti­ful cat wouldn’t do any harm, it’s got a bell, I’m do­ing the right thing’, but it was neg­li­gent to leave it to roam.”

He said the girls were wor­ried about the wel­fare of the cat.

“They didn’t want any harm to come to it and that it just went back to its own­ers with the warn­ing of ‘your cat has caused a hor­ri­ble event to oc­cur’.

“She’ll have that for the rest of her life, which could have been avoided by mak­ing cer­tain cats are kept in­side at night,” he said.

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