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Authorities Horrified After Two Kangaroos Shot With Bow And Arrow

Authorities Horrified After Two Kangaroos Shot With Bow And Arrow

Authorities are trying to find the person responsible for shooting two kangaroos with arrows in Western Australia.

The shocking attack follows a similar incident which took place a little more than a week ago, where another two kangaroos were killed after being shot by arrows.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has launched an investigation into the most recent attacks, which happened in Braham, Perth.

The two kangaroos were discovered on Sunday (19 July) with arrows protruding from their bodies, however the weapons themselves were not the cause of death.

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Credit: 7News
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Wildlife authorities say the animals were trying to hop around, but were badly injured. They eventually had to be euthanised to put them out of their misery.

The 'cowardly attack' has left behind an orphaned joey, who has been called Rafiki. While the baby kangaroo will survive, it's only five months old and wouldn't have lasted long if carers hadn't found it.

Wildlife Care WA volunteer Lyn Manuel told 7News Perth they are shocked and saddened that another attack has taken place.

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"I didn't think for a minute that 10 days later, we'd be sitting here with another two kangaroos that have been attacked by somebody with bows and arrows," she said.

The 'cowardly attack' has left behind a five-month-old joey. Credit: 7News
The 'cowardly attack' has left behind a five-month-old joey. Credit: 7News

"The ones that we found 10 days ago were killed with hunting arrows. The ones that were found Sunday had target arrows in them and they were still alive and trying to hop around the paddock.

"It makes me very, very angry.

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"I'm disappointed to think there are people out there that have no conscience, no remorse and would go out and inflict pain in such a cowardly way on such an innocent creature."

Authorities estimate there are around 500 kangaroos living in and around the Braham area, however they are being moved out due to residential planning.

It's not yet known whether the most recent kangaroo attacks are linked to the ones that happened a little more than 10 days ago.

Should they be caught, the person responsible will face a fine of up to $50,000.

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Topics: News, Animals, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.