A disturbing Snapchat video of two young men and a woman has gone viral on social media showing the group feeding vodka to a quokka, an Australian wallaby species considered vulnerable due to their limited geographical range. According to Yahoo News, the video which was filmed on Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia on Saturday, shows the trio feeding the marsupial a passion fruit cocktail.
Because the drink is very sweet, the quokka quickly slurped it up as the trio could be heard in the video laughing and cheering. Tragically alcohol is lethal to the animal. In an interview with Suzanne Perry, from the Rottnest Island Authority, she fears the animal could be dead or very sick as a result of their actions:
“Their two minutes of what they would refer to as fun is extremely stupid,” Suzanne stated. Quokkas are a threatened species and they are not designed to have human food, let alone alcohol. We know there is proof that this does do them harm and could even kill them.”
Rangers are now studying the video to help them in tracking down the trio. If found to have interfered with wildlife, the group could face a $10,000 fine. If found guilty of animal cruelty, the fine could be as much as $50,000.
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(Photo of quokka via 9News video)