Animals stolen from Yarralumla Play Station at Weston Park

Michael Weaver 1 September 2020
Piglets feeding on their mother at Yarralumla Play Station

Piglets like these were among the animals stolen last week. Photo: Yarralumla Play Station Facebook.

Thieves have stolen several animals from the popular Yarralumla Play Station at Weston Park after fencing around the property was cut and animals taken from their pens.

Yarralumla Play Station‘s management said the animals were stolen between 8:15 and 8:50 pm last Thursday (27 August) by several individuals who managed to avoid detection from the site’s 18 high-definition security cameras.

ACT Policing has been in contact with Domestic Animal Services to help locate the animals, which include two frizzle chickens, a Polish rooster, two pink piglets, two black and pink spotted piglets, and three fully grown light brown and white turkeys.

We're asking for help to find stolen animals! On Thursday night between 8:15 and 8:50pm several individuals climbed the fence and stole 4 of our piglets, 3 fully grown turkeys, 2 frizzle and 1 polish chickens.Of most concern is the piglets as they were not ready to be removed from their mother and would need bottle feeding to survive. I also hatched the chickens from eggs on my kitchen bench and raised them before bringing them into the farm, so all our animals are more than just farm animals to us and we would dearly love to have them all back.The theft is in the hands of police but if you notice a neighbor or someone that has 'acquired' a group of animals like these, please reach out or contact police on 131444

Posted by Yarralumla Play Station on Saturday, 29 August 2020

“Of most concern is the piglets as they were not ready to be removed from their mother and would need bottle feeding to survive,” Play Station management posted on its Facebook page.

“I also hatched the chickens from eggs on my kitchen bench and raised them before bringing them into the farm, so all our animals are more than just farm animals to us and we would dearly love to have them all back.

“The theft is in the hands of police but if you notice a neighbour or someone who has ‘acquired’ a group of animals like these, please reach out or contact police on 131444,” they said.

Detective Inspector Adrian Craft of ACT Policing has asked people to come forward with any information that will help in locating these animals.

“This is a very sad incident. We are concerned for the welfare of these animals and we, of course, would like the animals returned for all the children who visit the Play Station,” he said.

The investigation into the theft of the animals is ongoing, and police would like to speak to anyone with information about this incident.

Anyone who may have information that could assist police, or who is aware of the whereabouts of the animals, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 6618860. Information can be provided anonymously.


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