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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Eagle owl stolen from garden

Tikka the eagle owl has been stolen – leaving owner Joanne Miller to urge people to keep a look-out.

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FEATHERED FRIEND: Joanne Miller, of Maryport, with Tikka the eagle owl, who was stolen last weekend

Joanne, 35, found out on Saturday that her Indian eagle owl, which was kept in an aviary in her father’s back garden on Eaglesfield Street, had been snatched.

Her father Paul Ellwood, 62, was woken at about 12.30am after hearing a loud bang. He looked outside and thought he saw a shadowy figure, but by the time he got down to the garden there was no sign of anyone and the aviary’s wire mesh had been cut.

Mrs Miller has had Tikka for 15 years after adopting him from the World Owl Centre at Muncaster Castle, where she worked as a keeper.

She said: “I was devastated. He isn’t just an owl, he is a family member in many ways.

“I think someone has stolen him because they think he is worth a lot of money, but he isn’t.”

She is asking people to look out for the owl. She said her children – Ciaran, six, Michael, four, and 20-month-old Eoin – were upset.

Tikka has a damaged beak and a talon missing.

Anyone with information can call police on 101.

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