Sunday, 19 November 2017

Koala found dead with ears cut off in case of 'disgusting' animal cruelty

Marsupial’s body found on Hopkins Point Road at Warrnambool in Victoria’s south-west on Monday

Australian Associated Press
Friday 10 November 2017 03.40 GMTLast modified on Friday 10 November 2017 03.54 GMT

A koala has been found dead with its ears cut off in Victoria’s south-west as police investigate a spate of animal mutilations in the area.

The koala’s body was found about two kilometres east of Hopkins bridge on Hopkins Point Road at Warrnambool on Monday by an SES worker.

Police believe the koala’s mutilation was recent, but it is unclear if the marsupial was dead at the time.

It follows a spate of kangaroo and wallaby mutilations in the area, but police said it is the first incident involving a koala.

Sergeant Pat Day has described the koala’s mutilation as “disgusting”. “[It] can only be described as a very troublesome and disgusting incident,” he told the Ballarat Courier. “There’s no reason for anybody to wish to treat an animal in this way, whether alive or dead.”

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