Manhunt after alleged 'act of cruelty' with ibis at Sydney park

Witnesses reported the man tried to stuff the tied and bleeding 'bin chicken' into his trolley bag.

A man was filmed allegedly attempting to capture an ibis near a suburban railway station in Sydney on Tuesday.

Police are investigating whether an act of animal cruelty took place and have distributed two stills from the video. One shows a man appearing to hold an ibis near council bins at a park in Eastwood. The other shows his back and the trolley he was reportedly carrying. Police confirmed with Yahoo News Australia that several calls were made to them by bystanders in relation to the incident.

Witnesses told authorities the man allegedly tied a rope around the bird’s feet and neck, then attempted to force the bird into a red coloured wheeled red trolley bag. They said the ibis appeared to be bleeding and had an injured beak, however it flew away before wildlife rescuers arrived.

Police have released imaged of an alleged animal cruelty incident in Sydney. Source: NSW Police
Police have released imaged of an alleged animal cruelty incident in Sydney. Source: NSW Police

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Police released a statement, describing a man they wish to speak to in relation to the incident. “The man was last seen boarding a city-bound train to Central Railway Station. He is described as being Asian in appearance, wearing a navy blue short-sleeved shirt and light-coloured pants,” it said.

Comments to the NSW police post on Facebook have been limited and authorities have urged the public not to report information on its social media pages.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 where it said information would be treated in strict confidence.

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