When Torny Sjokvist walked into his back yard Sunday morning, it was unusually quiet. It was because 20 of his parrots, some of which were valued at $17,000 each, had been mangled in their cages.
"I'd had some of them for ten, fifteen years," he told Aftonblat newspaper. "I'd raised them myself."
Sjokvist suspects a human was responsible for the attack, ruling out the possibility of a small animal managing to bypass his traps.
"No ferret can get through my nets -- they're too tight," he said. "I think someone let in a mink and beat some of them to death."
Among the casualties were Rose-breasted Cockatoos, Amazon parrots and rare Golden Parakeets, dealing quite a blow to Sjokvist's breeding business.
The Local reported police are investigating the attack, which they say occurred between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
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