Thieves have stolen over 200 rare ducks from a Laurencekirk farm.
The unusual theft of the rare birds happened in the early hours of Friday morning at the Mearns farm when the 230 birds were stolen from a shed.
The total value of the ducks is a low four figure sum.
Investigating officer PC Marc Camus said: “Due to the number of ducks taken it is believed that a vehicle similar in size to a pick-up truck or a transit van would have been sufficient to transport the animals.
“The breeds of ducks taken are not common and are difficult to source.
“The ducks may therefore be offered for sale to other poultry farmers.
“If anyone has any information about this incident they are asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”