Police are appealing for information regarding two separate bird aviaries which have been damaged on a local charity property in Brora, leaving one bird in need of emergency care.
On two occasions, the perpetrators entered Blue Highlights Bird Rescue’s main center and broke into rescue aviaries housing injured raptors, releasing them unsafely into the wild.
The centre, which cares for sick, injured and orphaned birds before they are safely returned to the wild, was said to have been attacked between 3.50pm on January 19 and 7am on January 28.
Center Manager Jane Wilson said: “Police are actively investigating and have received CCTV imagery thanks to the system our supporters helped deploy.
“We found both birds again thanks to a wonderful Golf Road neighbor and some very thoughtful local supporters and for that we are extremely grateful.
“One bird was very badly injured in the release and required further emergency care. We don’t know if he can fully recover.
“Somewhere in our village there is someone willing to endanger animals that should be safe, rest and taken care of, which is disgusting.”
Anyone with information about this or similar incidents is asked to contact the police on 101 or send a message via the Police Scotland website, giving NE/428/22 as a reference.
Angry reports can be directed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.