Updated: Wednesday, 16th October 2019 @ 4:53pm

'Stolen' 5ft crocodile and other reptiles miraculously reappear outside Stockport pet shop

'Stolen' 5ft crocodile and other reptiles miraculously reappear outside Stockport pet shop

By Jessica Cree

A 5ft crocodile and other exotic animals snatched from a Stockport pet shop were returned this morning.

The dwarf Caiman crocodile and between 60 and 70 other reptile species and birds were returned to Stockport Pet Warehouse at around 1am.

The creatures, including snakes, tortoises and exotic birds, were stolen from the pet shop on Hallam Street in Heaviley between 4.30pm on Monday January 2 and 10am on Tuesday  January 3. 

Jon Bibby, owner of Stockport Pet Warehouse, said he returned to the shop to find all of the animals waiting outside the front of the shop.

Mr Bibby added that one cockatoo, which he was looking after for a customer, was still missing but might have escaped and flown off.

He said that he was shocked but very relieved that the other animals had been returned and had no idea who could have taken them.

“They were worth thousands of pounds,” he said.

“They have all been returned in good health and will be looked after.”

When contacted, Greater Manchester Police press office, who had appealed for the animals to be returned, said they were unaware of the animals’ safe return.