Burglars have snapped the neck of an elderly woman's budgie in front of her after she refused to hand over money.
South Wales Police said the 78-year-old woman was also threatened with her own walking stick, pushed into a chair and then locked in her house.
The two robbers, who escaped with Â£150, had broken in while the woman was watching Emmerdale on TV the lounge of her home in Cathays, Cardiff.
Police said the woman had lost her pet, a "soulmate" in a "brutal" manner.
The burglars demanded Â£100 but she refused.
She said she had no such money in her house but she was threatened before the men searched her house and stole Â£150.