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Locals puzzled over discovery of dead Wallaby on Belongil Beach

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Mystery surrounds the death of a wallaby which was found on Belongil Beach on Thursday.

The decapitated body of the animal was found in the middle of the beach by local man Steve Medcalf during his morning walk.

Mr Medcalf checked the pouch which, thankfully, was empty.

‘Rigor mortis hadn’t set in so we think it was a fresh kill,’ Mr Medcalf said.

He said there was some blood on the sand surrounding the body but believes the carcass may have been placed on the beach after it was killed.

National Parks later inspected the animals body but told Echonetdaily there was ‘no evidence indicating how the wallaby died’.

‘Attacks by dogs on wallabies have occurred previously in the Belongil area,’ a National Parks spokesperson said.

‘Residents and visitors at Belongil should make sure to keep their dogs under close control and make sure they observe the no dog areas’.

According to locals the Police and Council rangers were at the beach on Friday morning checking campsites in the surrounding bush, but found nothing.

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