Police are appealing for information following the disappearance of three barn owls.
Dorset Police said the birds had either been stolen or released without consent from an aviary in the Foxholes area of Poole.
The owners have been keeping birds for more than 20 years and are said to be distraught at the loss of the birds from their home.
The missing owls include a male and female, aged about 20, and their seven-year-old offspring.
Pc Will Burnett, of Poole police, said: “I am appealing for anyone who has any information about those responsible for taking or releasing the owls, and anyone who has any knowledge about the birds’ whereabouts, to contact me as soon as possible.”