Out­rage over dead koala find

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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”.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

VILE ACT: The koala screwed to a post.

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