Two teens charged with terrorizing and torturing a small kangaroo in Western Australia were arrested on Friday afternoon and charged with animal cruelty. Their disturbing actions were caught on camera after one of the boys posted the video to social media. Police were notified shortly before the video was deleted.
According to 9NewsAustralia, the boys, aged 13 and 16, appeared on the video approaching the small joey kangaroo in the Kimberly Region. One youth could be seen slapping the marsupial hard in the face. The second boy grabbed the animal by its tail and dragged it along the ground; the first boy repeatedly punched the defenseless animal as it tried desperately to escape. The boys, however were not done torturing the frightened and cowering kangaroo, and as the animal ran towards the fence to escape, the boys continued to kick, punch and hit it. Just before the end of the video, one boy tried to strangle the animal. The tortured lasted more than a minute.
The teens were charged on Saturday with animal cruelty and are scheduled to appear in children’s court on January 10. Police also state they know who videoed the attack, and the investigation continues. There has not been any update on the joey; we hope he escaped and recovered.
Anyone found guilty of animal cruelty charges in Western Australia can face up to five years behind bars or a $50,000 fine.
The video can be viewed here. Viewer discretion is advised as parts of the video are extremely graphic and disturbing.
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(Photos of small kangaroo via freezeshots of video and Channel 9 News screenshot)