AUTOPSY RESULTS IN FOR VILE KOALA ACT
RSPCA has confirmed the results of an autopsy on a koala found screwed to a post in a regional lookout point on Wednesday.
Organisation investigator Peter Beatty said results showed the koala was hit by a car and almost certainly dead before it was attached to the post at Brooloo Park.
“In all probability it was dead before it was attached to the gazebo,” Mr Beatty said.
“There was no blood flow from where it was attached.”
He said the autopsy showed the koala suffered trauma to the head and liver, and had frayed claws which was evidence of being hit by a car, because the body was dragged on the road.
The RSPCA investigator still slammed the act against the previously healthy male koala as defying belief.
Evidence also suggested the animal was dumped in the bush for a few days before being retrieved and displayed so violently, he said.
“It could have been dead for two or three days,” he said.
The “sick joke” was part of a growing trend in summer, Mr Beatty said.
“At this time of year, every year, really disturbing acts seem to surface,” he said.
“For some reason the summer holidays seem to spark real acts of animal cruelty.”
He said the RSPCA could not prosecute anyone involved for the treatment of the koala’s body under the Animal Care and Protection Act, but it was continuing investigations.
He said the RSPCA dealt with more than 23,000 native animals call-outs a year, with only 23 investigators tending to them.
Koala Rescue Queensland manager Murray Chambers, who responded to the call, said the koala had been in the prime of its life.
“I still feel sick inside; it’s so disrespectful of an Australian icon,” Mr Chambers said.
SHOCKING: An autopsy photo of the koala’s paw. The carcass was found screwed with metal screws to a post in Brooloo Park on Wednesday.