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On Tuesday Friends of the Koala’s (FOK) Rescue hotline received a call from a member of the public who had seen a most distressing sight of a dead koala hung by its neck on a local Council gate near the Summerland Way and Rappville Road corner.

This was the same location as a meeting place for a protest that was held on the weekend to save the koalas.

A member of the public posted an image online on their FaceBook page and another woman phoned Council yesterday morning.

The rangers, like us, were horrified that someone would do this to a koala even if it was dead

Council rangers went out and had a look and they eventually located the koala. They contacted the RSPCA and the National Parks &  Wildlife Service and as a result the koala was buried in their landfill.

FOK President Ros Irwin said the rangers told her the koala was a juvenile, possibly only recently a back-young joey, with no signs of what caused this to happen. ‘We would have carried out a necropsy on it to see whether that cast any light on the cause of her death,’ said  Ms Irwin. ‘The rangers, like us, were horrified that someone would do this to a koala even if it was dead. At the very least it was disrespectful, but it is possible that she was still alive when picked up. We just hope she wasn’t.’

Ms Irwin said that the best way to respond to finding a koala in distress in the Northern Rivers Region is to phone FOK’s 24 hour hotline – 6622 1233 – and if an animal is dead, to check first to see whether it is a female with a joey in her pouch and to record any indicators of the cause of the death.

‘Even if a koala is dead, we would like to determine the reasons for the death’, she said.

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  1. What a vile disgusting moronic scumbag. Sadly he won’t be found as these psychopaths rarely are discovered. Even if they are…… a minimal fine is usually imposed. We need to be re educating our judiciary as most of them are over 55 & come from a different world. I want this creep jailed for life. My heart breaks for our persecuted & unappreciated wildlife.

  2. How disgusting,
    These beautiful creatures are too nice for this planet. They are gentle souls and do not deserve to be treated this way. Karma is a birch and your day will come.

  3. Was horrified when I heard this on radio. What sort of a creep would do this. Wish we could do the same to him/her but then that would be stooping to their level.


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