Business owner aghast over theft of bird bath


John Cook stands in the area where the bird bath used to be before it was stolen.        d451252
John Cook stands in the area where the bird bath used to be before it was stolen.        d451252

John Cook, who has run Wheels of Wanneroo for 35 years, said he arrived at work on March 10 to find the concrete feature had been taken overnight.

It was part of a garden established at the front of the business five years ago, which attracts a variety of birds.

A friend gave Mr Cook the first bird bath last year but it was stolen after two weeks and he was given a replacement three months ago.

“I can’t believe someone thought, ‘I’ll steal that’,” he said. “Why would you steal a bird bath?”

Mr Cook said the garden always received positive comments and it was much needed in Wangara.

“It’s just building city,” he said of the Wangara area.

The bird bath was a little oasis for the birds.

“There’s no water in Wangara for a bird. All the birds come here because they want a drink.”

He said the garden and the bird bath were very important to him.

“I quite enjoy looking after things, whether it be your car or birds, and someone has taken that away from me,” he said.“I would be really happy for the peanut who knocked it off to just bring it back.”