NEWBERG, Ore. (KOIN) — The owner of the Enchanted Farm Sanctuary in Newberg is heartbroken after someone stole her black swan — Belladonna Winterspell.
The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office said the animal was taken around 2 a.m. on Sunday. At the same time, owner Robin Birdsong heard her animals starting to make a lot of noise, including Belladonna.
Birdsong ran outside and witnessed a silver 4-door sedan peel out of the driveway. She then went to the gate only to find a bunch of Belladonna’s feathers.
“It took me a minute to realize that she was gone and I think I was in a little bit of shock and denial,” Birdsong told KOIN 6 News.
Birdsong said it wasn’t until Belladonna was stolen that she learned there was a market for black swans. The birds are worth up to $2,000, so Birdsong thinks someone stole Belladonna for some sort of monetary gain.
The owner of the animal sanctuary said she just wants Belladonna back home safe and is offering a cash reward, which is why she created a GoFundMe page.
“Please bring her home,” Birdsong pleaded.
Belladonna has been living at Enchanted Farm for the last six months. She was rescued from Washington off some railroad tracks by another animal rescue that then brought her to Newberg.
“This was her forever home because I had a perfect pond set up for her and that’s where she always is,” Birdsong said.
“We’re kind of the island of misfit rescues,” she added.