In heartbreaking animal cruelty to a rare koala bear in Brooloo Park, Australia, the Koala Rescue Queensland 9KRQLD) posted a photo on Thursday showing the rare marsupial on a pole appearing to be eating leaves. Tragically, the photo was not what it seemed to portray. On the organization’s Facebook page, came the brutal reality of disgusting animal abuse:
“All is not as it seems in this photo. This poor koala has been screwed to the pole with building screws, he is deceased, but whether or not he was when cruelly attached to the structure is unknown. If anyone can help find the culprits please contact us or police. Incident took place at Brooloo Park Lookout today.”
The picture portrayed the koala with gum leaves in its paws as if he had shimmied up the pole to find the tasty morsels. What kind of sick person would have “cruelly attached” him in such a despicable deed? The Australian police have launched an investigation, and social media has created a storm of anger across the world.
At this time it is not known if the little one was alive when it was nailed to the pole, and comments have repeatedly suggested what should be done to the person who performed such a sick act. A necropsy has been planned to determine the cause of death. According to the Express, Queensland RSPCA spokesperson Michael Beatty described the scene as “very distressing.”
“Whether or not the koala was dead, how somebody would think this was in some way humorous, when little kids go to that lookout area is beyond me,” he stated.
Koalas are listed as Vulnerable and less than 43,000 exist in the wild today. In addition they have been having a hard time with the record heats in Australia and face steady declines because of the loss of eucapyptus forests destroyed by human living area expansions. The animals are also prone to chlamydia which leaves them blind and infertile.
If found guilty of extreme cruelty to a koala, the offender could be sentenced to seven years in prison and a fine of more than $203,000.
Rest in peace little one.
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