The RSPCA is seeking information after a magpie was found with a blow-dart in it’s chest, prompting an investigation.
RSPCA WA shared the disturbing images of the magpie to their Facebook page, after receiving a report of the injured bird.
According to the organisation, the magpie was found in the Perth suburb of Peppermint Grove, on the corner of View St and Johnston St before it was then taken to Mosman Park Veterinary Hospital.
Vets removed the blow dart from the magpie’s chest and it was reported to be a in a stable condition.
An RSPCA spokesperson has since confirmed to Yahoo News Australia the magpie has been released back into the wild.
On the RSPCA’s Facebook post, one woman explained she was the person who found the injured magpie.
“My husband and I caught him and took him to the wonderful Mosman park vets where they took care of him,” she wrote.
“But the story does get better for him as we collected him from the vets after lunch and took him back to the same site to release him.
“There was another Maggie in the same spot and when we released him they started cooing together and flew into the trees. I can only hope they are from the same family.”
Many people online expressed anger at the incident, and the person likely behind it.
“How nasty for someone to this. So glad it was rescued by kind people and is doing okay,” one Facebook user commented.
“Animal cruelty of ANY KIND to any animal is bloody cruel and disgusting,” another person said.
“What is going on with humans these days?”
“RSPCA WA reminds people that animal cruelty is a serious criminal offence,” a spokesperson said in a statement to Yahoo News Australia.
“It is never OK to target any animal in this way. If found guilty, offenders can be fined up to $50,000 or be imprisoned for up to 5 years.”
The RSPCA is now investigating the incident.
“RSPCA WA is calling for information from anyone who knows about this incident, or who may have noticed any suspicious behaviour in the area on 25 August,” the spokesperson said.
“Please contact the RSPCA Cruelty Line on 1300 CRUELTY (278 358).”
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