WILDLIFE “cops” in Australia have launched an investigation into a bizarre stunt which saw a dead kangaroo dressed up in a leopard costume and tied to a chair with a bottle of booze in its paws.
A sickened passerby came across the bizarre sight in a Melbourne suburb last month and now the authorities have released a disturbing photo of the Kangaroo in the hope someone comes forward with information.
A £3,000 reward has been offered by animal welfare campaigners to find the callous killer.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning revealed the kangaroo was brutally shot at least three times with a small calibre firearm.
“This is appalling and immoral behaviour. The kangaroo had been shot at least three times prior to it being arranged in the chair,” DELWP senior investigator Mike Sverns said.
“It would have taken some time to stage the kangaroo in that position on the side of the road.
“We are certain that someone would have seen something, given the public area and traffic flow of this main road.”
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It’s understood the shocking scene was reported to authorities on May 17 when a woman spotted the kangaroo on her way to work.
Investigators suspect the kangaroo was killed at a different location before it was brought to the roadside.
Items including discarded masking tape will be forensically tested.
Penalties for killing wildlife range from £5,000 to £30,000 or up to 24 months imprisonment, the DELWP says.
Animal welfare activist group PETA has offered the reward to bring the killer or killers to justice.
“Animal abusers are cowards”, said PETA Australia’s Ashley Fruno.
“We’re appealing to anyone with information about this cruel act to come forward so that the perpetrators can be put where they belong: in jail.”