Australian police investigate death of koala screwed to post

Australian police investigate death of koala screwed to post”

A concerned local called wildlife rescue workers when they spotted the koala in Brooloo Park Lookout in Imbil on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, but there was nothing that could be done by the time they got there.

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The RSPCA will conduct an autopsy on Thursday to determine whether a koala was dead prior to being attached to the pole.

"My gut feeling is that it was hit but why would you screw a koala to a wooden structure?" he said.

A picture of the incident has been widely shared on social media in the latest case of animal cruelty in the county.

"This is totally disgusting what person could do this", she wrote in a post. "I really hope these grubs are caught and are dealt with and NOT with a slap on the hand".

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"Police are now investigating the matter", said Senior Sergeant Pierre Senekal, at nearby Kenilworth.

"Whether the animal was dead when it was put up there and it was put up there for some sort of sick joke we don't know, certainly the wildlife people are investigating that", he said.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said investigators were approaching the Gympie Regional Council to see if they could retrieve the koala's body.

Calling the act "incredibly disturbing", he said such kind of animal cruelty could lead to the offender being indicted.

Murray Chambers, the president of Koala Rescue Queensland (KRQ) was shocked about the incident and said that in his career of over a decade, this was the worst act he had ever heard of.

"Whether or not the koala was dead, how somebody would think this was in some way humorous, when little kids go to that lookout area, is beyond me". It is believed the animal may have been alive when it was "cruelly attached" to the beam.

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