Outrage over dead koala find
A KOALA conservationist has slammed a vile act in which a koala was screwed to a picnic table pole at Brooloo, saying they are not yet sure if the koala was alive or dead when it happened.
A co-founder of Koala Rescue Queensland, Ray Chambers, said the incident was “absolutely mind-boggling”, and not something which was often seen in our region.
“It’s sort of a first, like that,” he said.
He was unable to say whether the koala was alive or dead when it was attached to the pole.
“We’ve got to get our vets to look at him and determine whether the cause of death was prior to what happened,” he said.
He was concerned that there was no obvious cause of death.
“In the photo he looks pretty healthy,” he said.
As vile as the act was, Mr Chambers said it was unfortunately not the worst thing he had seen done to koalas.
He said one of his own had been found decapitated, while another koala at Redcliffe had been found shot in the face.
“There are scum out there,” Mr Chambers said.
Unfortunately, he could not see any changes in incidents like these until governments brought in much tougher animal cruelty laws.
With more than 2000 comments on the Facebook post already, he said the community outrage and support had been overwhelming.
In fact, a member of the Kawana Police Criminal Investigation Branch had approached Mr Chambers about helping out.
He asked anybody with information to contact the Kenilworth Police or Koala Rescue Queensland, and said police were potentially looking for somebody who had been either camping or parked at the site “for a while”.
VILE ACT: The koala screwed to a post.