Owners of a petting zoo in north Queensland say they are distraught after three baby animals were stolen over the weekend.
- Three baby animals were removed from MAD Animal Addiction property over the weekend
- This is the second time in a month that animals have been removed from the petting zoo
- Operators say they will likely have to block public access to keep animals safe
A black piglet, named Lily, and two baby lambs – all under a month old – went missing from a property in Andergrove, Mackay over the weekend.
“It’s devastating. We’ve put a lot of time and effort into raising them,” said Karen Mason of MAD Animal Addiction.
“The animals are young, they are still on special formula and need to be fed every three to four hours.”
She said she was very concerned for the welfare of the young male lamb.
“He’s the same age as the other lamb but he’s very small and needs special attention because he’s so small,” Ms. Mason said.
Ms Mason said it was the latest in a series of incidents at the company.
“Last week we had three daughters on the property chasing animals with sticks, and earlier this year one of our baby goats was stolen,” she said.
This animal was safely returned after a call on social media for the culprits to return it.
Ms. Mason says there was no way the animals escaped or were attacked by dogs.
“The piglet is in a separate pen from the lambs so they were removed from two different places on the property,” she said.
A source of joy
The suburban property is visited by dozens of people every week.
“We have so many friendly animals that we have people there all day,” she said.
“We have a lot of disability support workers who bring people in there to visit the animals, and we even have buses full of old people who come to some of the houses.”
But this access is likely to change following this latest incident.
“It’s just going to have to be secure so that there is no access to them.”
Ms Mason said she just wanted the animals to be returned safely.
“Bring them back, put them back from where you got them as soon as possible, and we’ll take care of them from there,” she said.