WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Twenty kangaroos were run down in Australia in an apparent hit-and-run spree over the weekend, local authorities said.
- The dead kangaroos, including joeys, were discovered on the road in rural Tura Beach, on the south coast of the state of New South Wales, on Sunday morning, according to police.
- The police believe a vehicle drove through the suburb of Tura Beach between 10.30 pm and 11.30 pm on Saturday night (local time), with the intent of killing the kangaroos.
Australian police are asking the public to come forward with information after 20 kangaroos were mowed down by a vehicle in “acts of animal cruelty” in the New South Wales town of Merimbula.
The police believe a vehicle drove through the suburb of Tura Beach between 10.30 pm and 11.30 pm on Saturday night (local time), with the intent of killing the kangaroos.
A total of twenty kangaroos, including joeys, were found at the scene. Sixteen were found dead, one was euthanized and three remaining joeys are now in veterinary care, according to Janine Green, a volunteer with Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).
Green, who discovered the dead animals, said the culprit was driving a white vehicle with a mounted spotlight to intentionally run over the marsupials.
“They were driving around and around and had a spotlight. So the animals were just startled and standing there,” she said.
“They were driving up on the footpaths … It was football final night so a lot of people would have been drinking. So lucky nobody was walking home.
The WIRES volunteer added: “The people here actually love kangaroos. They are a part of the population. People in their houses were waking up with carcasses on their lawns. People just couldn’t believe it.”
Detectives from the south coast police district are investigating the incident.
Animal welfare groups and authorities are calling for anybody with information to come forward.
Source: The Guardian