Builder Dale Jones assists wildlife ranger Graeme Russell (left) in loading  the injured to take it to a vet.
Builder Dale Jones assists wildlife ranger Graeme Russell (left) in loading the injured to take it to a vet.

Roo with cross bow arrow in head put down

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A DISGUSTING act of animal cruelty ended with a kangaroo needing to be put down yesterday after it was shot with a cross bow almost two weeks ago.

The animal amazed residents of Benaraby after surviving nearly two weeks with the cross bow bolt protruding from its head, before it was finally caught by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) personnel yesterday.

However after it was transported to a nearby vet and assessed, the animal had to be put down.

'It's a bloody low act,' was the only way Dale Jones could describe the shooting after witnessing the outcome first hand yesterday afternoon.

Mr Jones joined with residents in the area where the kangaroo was located in helping to capture the animal in an attempt to save it.

However after a concerted effort by QPWS, Calliope Police and concerned bystanders there was nothing more that could be done for the animal.

'It (the arrow) had gone through to the sinuses, so it was beyond redemption,' was the official word from Brendonna vet Jenny Robinson yesterday.

QPWS senior ranger (wildlife) Tim Farry described the scene as "concerning'', saying whoever shot the animal had obviously done it for sport.

'It's of concern to us that someone would consider this an appropriate thing to do to an Australian native animal,' he said. Mr Farry was hopeful the animal would survive the ordeal at the scene of its capture yesterday but was unable to say for sure, stating that "it could go either way'.

Mr Farry said animal cruelty of this degree could carry severe penalties including large fines or imprisonment.

Calliope police senior constable Paul Folley said the cross bow bolt removed from the kangaroo would now be taken into evidence and used to try to find the person responsible.

Snr Const Folley said residents in the area had been up in arms after reporting the animal feeding in nearby bush land with the cross bow bolt clearly visible from its head.

'It just goes to show the number of calls we've had that this isn't considered acceptable by the community,' he said.

Earlier attempts to locate and capture the animal had been unsuccessful, with a shot with a tranquilliser gun by QPWS ranger Graeme Russell needed to finally stop the animal yesterday.



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