For many Lizard breeders the 2016 World Show has not been a happy experience. Now more bad news. Ronald Wauters tells me that one of Jules Etienne’s birds was stolen. It was not his gold medal winner, but a clear cap silver hen that had been awarded 88 points. You can see her above.
You might wonder why anyone would bother stealing a bird worth only 88 points. Perhaps the thief could see something in her that the judge had missed.
As it happens, I know the bird. I had selected her as Best Silver at Liege. Jules and I were perplexed by her low score in Portugal, because she still looked in top form. He considered her to be the best silver he had sent to the World Show. The thief obviously thought so too.