Kangaroo shot in head with arrow, left to slowly die
WILDLIFE catchers are desperately trying to corner a male kangaroo which has been living with an arrow through its head for three days.
The male roo has dodged both RSPCA and Australia Zoo rescue teams since Saturday morning after it was spotted along the foreshore at Toorbul, north of Caboolture.
The kangaroo has enduring the slow and painful experience for days now.
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said the roo was first spotted on Friday afternoon, but with acres of land in the area, it has been a far and wide search.
The kangaroo survived the terrible case of animal cruelty, but can no longer eat properly due to the arrow protruding from his forehead.
"The kangaroo has been lucky, the arrow obviously hasn't hit any vital areas," Mr Beatty said.
"But this is just terrible.
"If an act of animal cruelty is done with a bow and arrow I can not think of one case where an animal has not been humanely killed.
"We see it all the time unfortunately, with ibis, possums, wallabies and kangaroos.
"The animal always ends up dying a slow and painful death, or it survives with serious injuries that take a long time to recover from.
"This is so frustrating that these acts of animal cruelty are still happening."
A local resident who did not wish to be named, sent in photos to the Daily of the shocking case of animal cruelty.
He spotted the roo on Sunday and reported the incident to the police. He said it was wonderful to see the wild animals close to home and it was devastating to see one of them suffering.
"The worst part is this is the exact spot one year ago where about 20 roos were run down by thugs, joeys nad everything."
This is not the first time a kangaroo has been killed inhumanely at Caboolture.
In February last year the body of a male eastern grey was discovered with arrows lodged in its head and stomach at the intersection of Third Ave and The Esplanade, Toorbul.
Caboolture has a sickening track record of animal cruelty cases, topping the RSPCA complaint list four years in a row; 237 in 2013, 182 in 2012 and 183 in 2011.
More than 700 cases of animal cruelty were reported on the Sunshine Coast in 2014.
In Caboolture 273 animal cruelty cases were investigated. RSPCA Qld investigated 183 cases in Morayfield.
Under the Animal Care and Protection Act, the general offence of cruelty carries a maximum penalty of $227,700 or three years imprisonment.
There are also offences for severe animal cruelty under the Criminal Code Act which have a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment.