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Stolen cockatoo was filming The Nevers produced by HBO when she was taken from Holiday Inn Rochester

By Rachel Dixon

A bird was stolen when she was in Kent to film a big budget TV series produced by the team behind the Avengers and Game of Thrones.

Last week KentOnline issued an appeal to help find a stolen bird, but it has emerged she is a silver screen extra.

Boo the pink cockatoo will be swinging in her cage in The Nevers, a sci-fi period drama, which will air on American TV channel HBO.

Boo on set filming The Nevers, in the Historic Dockyard, Chatham, in the cage she was stolen in
Boo on set filming The Nevers, in the Historic Dockyard, Chatham, in the cage she was stolen in

The show is written by the Avengers screenwriter Joss Whedon and was being filmed in the Historic Dockyard, Chatham earlier this month.

While you may spot Boo on screen in the near future, her owners have not seen her for almost a month because she was stolen.

The roseate cockatoo, which is estimated to be worth £1,000, was being kept in an air-conditioned, animal transport van in the car park at the Holiday Inn, in Maidstone Road, Chatham.

But between 9pm on Thursday, July 11 and 7.15am Friday, July 12, Boo disappeared.

Boo the cockatoo was stolen from a van in the car park of the Holiday Inn in Maidstone Road, Chatham
Boo the cockatoo was stolen from a van in the car park of the Holiday Inn in Maidstone Road, Chatham

Her owner and handler Peter Bloom said: "We were staying in the Travelodge at the Dockyard but I moved to the Holiday Inn because there is CCTV and I thought it was safer.

"Boo was in a lightweight cage but the other birds she was with were in different, heavier cages.

"None of them were taken. The van wasn't smashed to get in, maybe someone was watching us because we had been there for a couple of days."

Boo is not a local bird. She lives in the zoo in Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire.

Holly Garson is heartbroken that her pet cockatoo Boo was stolen
Holly Garson is heartbroken that her pet cockatoo Boo was stolen

However, she often leaves the park to be on TV shows as part of animal company APAB Limited.

Mr Bloom, who is the managing director, said: "We've done BBC dramas, also a lot for Warner Brothers, but we have to sign so many non-disclosure forms for that.

"This time we were filming The Nevers, it's a sort of steampunk drama.

Actors filming The Nevers in the Historic Dockyard, Chatham. Pic: Adrian Griffiths
Actors filming The Nevers in the Historic Dockyard, Chatham. Pic: Adrian Griffiths

"It's really big, it's meant to be the next Game of Thrones.

"Our company is a family company, and that's how we feel about the birds, it is a big loss."

Owner Holly Garson is heartbroken.

She said: "We miss her so much and so do her feathery friends.

Boo the cockatoo was stolen from a van in the car park of the Holiday Inn in Maidstone Road, Chatham
Boo the cockatoo was stolen from a van in the car park of the Holiday Inn in Maidstone Road, Chatham

"The police are investigating but nothing has been discovered as of yet. We are all heartbroken and just want her home.

"I am just doing everything I can to get her back and nothing will stop me.

"She’s a member of our family."

Police say inquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information can contact Kent Police on 01634 792209 quoting the crime reference number 46/136799/19.

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