Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Dead koala photographed screwed to a post in south-east Queensland, sparking investigation

Dead koala photographed screwed to a post in south-east Queensland, sparking investigation

Australian animal welfare authorities are investigating the discovery of a dead koala that was screwed to a wooden post, in an act criticised as "sick".

The RSPCA is investigating and volunteers from Koala Rescue Queensland are planning to recover the body from the Sunshine Coast hinterland on Thursday after taking a call from a council worker on Wednesday.

The caption reads: "All is not as it seems in this photo".

The caller said he found the koala screwed to the pole of a gazebo-like structure at Brooloo Park in Imbil and sent a photo to help the carers identify whether it was male or female.

"We are cooperating with RSPCA investigators who can better investigate".

Councillors from the Gympie Regional Council and police were not immediately available to comment.

It shows the small koala, limbs wrapped around one of the shelter's wooden supports, appearing to clutch a bunch of gum leaves.

"Hope someone knows why and who done this and come forward".

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"They have evil minds and need to be dealt with accordingly. How could anyone do this", one person commented.

Michael Beatty, a Queensland RSPCA spokesperson, confirmed that the organization has requested a postmortem to determine time and cause of death for the investigation.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has warned that the criminal responsible could face animal cruelty charges, reported the BBC.

Adding, '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'.

The incident is just the latest case in animal cruelty in the region; In November a dead koala was discovered with its ears slashed off on a roadside near Melbourne.

His major concern was finding out whether the animal was alive or dead when it was screwed to the pole.

Australia's koala population is in steep decline due to receding habitats and numerous bush fires.

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