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Authorities Hunting For Person Who Shot An Arrow Into A Kangaroo

Authorities Hunting For Person Who Shot An Arrow Into A Kangaroo

Authorities in Queensland are on the hunt for the person responsible for shooting an arrow into a defenceless kangaroo.

Another roo has become the latest victim in a string of bow and attack attacks against the Aussie icon.

Queensland animal carers have noticed several incidents where 'regional dickheads' try and hit the animals for sport.

RSPCA Queensland's Michael Beatty says many of the roos are often left to suffer in pain and eventually die from their injuries - which can be a slow and brutal death.

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Mr Beatty has told Yahoo Australia: "We've had kangaroos and wallabies hopping around and sometimes it can take two weeks for them to be caught.

Credit: RSPCA QLD
Credit: RSPCA QLD

"It's not like an episode of Game of Thrones, these animals aren't killed immediately at all. They tend to be shot in the leg or just somewhere where it's going to linger and then the wound festers.

"Eventually they die from blood poisoning or infection."

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Authorities are asking anyone with information about this latest callous attack or any others that have popped up in Queensland to contact them.

Back in July, two roos were found with arrow injuries in Western Australia, prompting a call for hunters to stop.

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Authorities Horrified After Two Kangaroos Shot With Bow And Arrow
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Authorities Horrified After Two Kangaroos Shot With Bow And Arrow

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions launched an investigation into shocking incidents, which happened in Braham, Perth.The two kangaroos were discovered on July 19 with arrows protruding from their bodies, however the weapons themselves were not the cause of death.

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.

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

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

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

"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.

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"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.

"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.

Featured Image Credit: RSPCA QLD

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.