CRUELTY CASE: Brenda Jackson found the injured bird after her dogs started barking while protecting it from butcher birds.
CRUELTY CASE: Brenda Jackson found the injured bird after her dogs started barking while protecting it from butcher birds. Dave Curtis

Native bird killed in shocking case of animal cruelty

WARNING: Some images may cause distress.

A NATIVE Australian bird has been targeted and killed in a shocking case of animal cruelty that outraged a Warwick resident.

Brenda Jackman discovered the distressed currawong in her backyard, and on closer inspection saw a long, thick piece of string trailing from its foot.

"The string was tied to the leg of the bird and tangled in a branch near the ground," Miss Jackman described of her find.

"I saw the currawong flying around on the Thursday so I'd say it tried to land on a branch but because of the string it had broken its leg, couldn't land and fell off and became entangled in the branches."

The bird's rescuer said she was convinced someone had deliberately tied the piece of string to the currawong's leg.

"It was an actual knot," Miss Jackman described, saying the bird hadn't "simply tangled itself".

 

 

The currawong has since been put down.
The currawong has since been put down. Brenda Jackman.

After wrapping the injured currawong in a towel, taking it into her home and feeding it some sugar water, Miss Jackman drove the distressed animal to her vet.

"The vet rang me a few hours later and told me they put it to sleep as its leg was broken," she said.

Since finding and helping the bird last week, Miss Jackman has taken it upon herself to continue helping injured wildlife.

"I just wish I could've done more for it," she said.

 

 

The currawong has since been put down.
The currawong has since been put down. Brenda Jackman.

"But since rescuing the bird I'm going to become a registered wildlife carer.

Abuse to native animals is a serious crime, that carries harsh penalties.

Under the Animal Care and Protection Act, those who commit animal cruelty can face up to $243,800 in fines or three years jail.

Miss Jackman said she hoped whoever did this to the currawong would rethink the cruelty behind their actions.

"I just hope the person who did this heinous act feels guilty or some remorse," she said.



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