EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) – A well-loved hen of Tropic Waters Pet Heart in Eau Claire has been stolen.
Retailer proprietor Jim Reiman stated the 15-year-old male, white-faced cockatiel named Lily was stolen on Friday, Might 7.
Lily belongs to the overall supervisor of Tropic Waters and has been a long-time resident of the shop virtually since he was born.
Though he was not on the market, Reiman stated relying on the colour and selection, cockatiels can go for $300 to $500.
Reiman stated a handful of animals had been stolen within the 40 years they have been round, and a few had been returned, however incidents like this do make them extra cautious.
“It is unlucky,” Reiman stated. “We attempt to supply issues right here which might be somewhat completely different for folks so that may truly get shut and private with our pets within the retailer. And it is simply actually disappointing that when one thing like this occurs, you need to go and put every little thing again below lock and key and develop into untrusting.”
Reiman stated Lily may have been taken simply as a result of he’s a tame and trusting hen. He worries if Lily is getting correct care as a result of Lily has a whole lot of social interplay and caging wants.
“The hen was hand-fed child since 4 1/2 weeks of age. It has been raised by people and so so far as they’re involved, it is who they’re,” Reiman stated. “So they do not know that when any individual picks them up, that it may be somebody who has dangerous intentions.”
Reiman and his workers are nonetheless going by means of surveillance footage so they don’t have a suspect photograph to share right now.
He’s additionally providing a $200 reward for data on Lily’s whereabouts.
Reiman has already reported this incident to the Eau Claire Police Division.