Man charged for kicking quokka
AN 18-year-old man kicked a quokka so hard that it rolled about two metres outside the Geordie Bay general store at Rottnest Island last week.
“Police were conducting patrols of the area after 6pm and saw the man walk up to the quokka and kick it,” Sergeant Ryan Murphy told the Western Suburbs Weekly.
The Mt Pleasant resident was arrested, taken to the Rottnest Island Police Station and then evicted from the island.
“His parents had to pick him up and they were not too happy,” Sgt Murphy said.
The man will appear at the Fremantle Magistrates Court on December 23.
He was charged under the Animal Cruelty Act and faces up to five years in jail or a $50,000 fine.
Sgt Murphy said he was unsure if the quokka sustained life-threatening injuries, as police were unable to locate it.
He said he was disappointed that the group of about four people with the man did nothing to stop the attack.
“Whether it’s animal cruelty or domestic violence, people need to speak up and say it is unacceptable,” he said.