As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Thug had 'sick grin' as he tortured rare birds to death before posting them through letterboxes

Chased by a dog, jammed into drawers, squeezed to death - examples of the unbearable suffering 200 rare birds were subjected to in the Black Country.

Chad Wogan, Jake Higgs, Thomas Knox and a 16-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, tortured the birds before posting them through letterboxes and dropping them though people's windows.

The birds were stolen from Lee Williams' aviary in Brownhills. They were bundled into sacks and containers, with only one finch left alive and another dead at the property in Bridge Street, Clayhanger.

Mr Williams, a rare bird breeder, had spent his whole life collecting the rare jays, finches, 

At Walsall Magistrates Court this week, it emerged how the gang were captured on security cameras arriving in Goscote in the early hours of January 12 with the bulging bags and boxes.

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