EIGHT budgies who escaped from their cage after an intruder released them from their cage have been reunited with their owner.

An aviary - at an address on Dinerth Road, Rhos-on-Sea - was broken into last week.

Eight birds escaped but all have now made their way back to owner Dai Willams, leader of the Colwyn Bay Gateway Club. Seven made their own way home, whilst one had to be picked up after turning up at St Gerard's School in Bangor.

Last Friday, the Pioneer lent their support to the plea - made on Lost Dogs North Wales Area Facebook - which asked people for their help in tracing the birds.

Residents reportedly spotted budgies - a type of small parrot that originated in the Australian Outback - in Colwyn Bay, Old Colwyn and Bangor.

Speaking to the Pioneer, Mr Williams - who has about 20 birds - said: "Last Friday, I had six back but now everyone is now back.

"I had to go and pick one up from Pili Palas in Anglesey. This is the one that had turned up at the school. Aside from that one, they all returned by themselves.

"We have two different aviaries inside our shed. Someone, we think overnight, came in at night and opened the aviary door.

"We were shocked. At first I thought 'did I close the door properly?' We didn't want to, but we've been left no choice but to put padlocks on the cages.

" It is an awful thing to happen and we were disappointed, but we are so pleased that we have now got them back."