Wildlife volunteers have managed to save the life of a kangaroo who was shot with an arrow in an alarming act of animal cruelty in Victoria.
Georgia, a four-year-old eastern grey, almost died earlier this week after she was shot with a crossbow at Warrandyte. She had a two-month-old joey in her pouch.
Vet James Taylor said the first concern was that the arrow had hit the animal’s spine as the arrow had gone through her back.
“It does make you angry,” he said.
“You’re at a loss of words at times.”
Wildlife rescuer Manfred Zabinskas said seeing an animal “abused that way” made him want to help it more. He received a call about the kangaroo on Sunday morning.
But luckily, Georgia is now OK. It was a delicate operation but Mr Taylor said “thankfully, she should make a full recovery”.
The kangaroo will remain in an enclosure for 10 days while she recovers.
She’ll then be released back where she was found, in the hope she can reconnect with her family.
The hunt is still on to face her shooter though who could face jail time.
A police spokesman said the shooting was “barbaric” and “cruel”.
Anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.