A canary (illustration photo) - Roni Hendrawan / Solent New / SIPA
National police of Indre said Thursday they discovered 63 birds flown on January 9. The animals were collected in a construction hut in Montierchaume, north of Châteauroux (Indre). They are mainly canaries, reports France Bleu Berry.
Among them, two passerines were there. It is a goldfinch and a European greenfinch, which both belongs to a protected species, specify the police on their Facebook page. A suspect has fled.
Response to reports
The police officers were accompanied by agents of the National Office of Hunting and Wild Fauna (ONCFS), during the operation. They intervened following a report to the local authorities, concerning the increase in theft of canaries. One of these complaints concerns the subtraction of 166 canaries. The damage would have been evaluated at a value of nearly 5,000 euros, reports France Bleu Berry.
A stolen two-wheeler was also in the cabin at the time of the intervention. When the police arrived, the occupant was no longer on site. However, he was arrested later and will soon appear in court. Some of the stolen canaries were able to find their owners while others were entrusted to the ONCFS.
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