Kangaroo shot with arrow in ‘cruel’ act
WARNING: Graphic images
An Australian animal rescue group has shared confronting images of a kangaroo that was shot with an arrow in a Melbourne park where the animals are meant to be protected.
Five Freedoms Animal Rescue was called to Lysterfield Park following reports one of the many kangaroos that live in the area had been shot with a bow and arrow.
Photos posted to the group's Facebook page showed the roo, named Frank, with the arrow pierced through his leg.
Along with the leg wound, Frank had also suffered a serious injury to his neck.
The animal group posted the horrific images to Facebook and called out the "cruel" person responsible for the attack.
"While our wildlife are suffering horrendously through the devastating fires in Victoria, some sick and cruel bastard has added to the pain," the group wrote.
"Pain to an innocent animal and pain to those of us that are already struggling to cope with what our animals are going through.
"As the fires burn, and firefighters risk their lives daily to save life and property, someone, a bow hunter, again shows that all people are not good and confirms why we need greater control over the purchase and use of archery equipment. How many times have we seen such a despicable act involving the illegal shooting of a kangaroo with arrows?"
The group claimed even the deadly fires ravaging the state didn't stop the person from attacking the kangaroo "for fun" in an area that is meant to be protected.
Wildlife rescuers managed to capture Frank and take him to a vet to undergo surgery before transporting him to the animal shelter.
Frank was placed in the last empty enclosure, with others already overflowing with wildlife that have been injured in the fires.
"It is always upsetting to witness such disgusting and unnecessary acts of cruelty, but it is even worse at this time as we are desperately preparing for an influx of fire victims," the animal group said.
"Unfortunately, our animals continue to suffer in many ways and not just from the fires, and our work continues, and this beautiful big boy needs our help."
The Facebook post has since been shared hundreds of times and has been inundated with comments from horrified animal lovers.
"This is terrible and a disgusting act of cruelty especially at a time where so many animals are suffering," one person wrote.
Another said: "It's disgusting what people will do to these animals, bad enough heaps have been killed by fires."