Surgery for shot ’roo

By Country News

A female eastern grey kangaroo shot with an arrow on Ulupna Island in the Murray River, near Cobram, has undergone medical treatment to have the arrow removed.

The injured kangaroo underwent surgery last Tuesday night to remove the arrow, which had pierced through her pouch and was pinning her joey inside.

Licensed volunteer wildlife carer Kylee Donkers, from the Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter, said the joey wasn’t harmed by the arrow, but being pinned inside her mother’s pouch had reduced her ability to feed.

‘‘So far both mother and joey are in stable conditions and will remain in our care so we can monitor their recovery,’’ she said.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is seeking information from the public regarding the incident.

‘‘This is appalling behaviour and we are urging anyone with information to come forward,’’ DELWP compliance operations program manager Greg Chant said.

‘‘Kangaroos are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and there are significant penalties for deliberately injuring or destroying protected wildlife, including imprisonment.

‘‘We are now seeking information from the community to help find the person or persons responsible.’’

The maximum penalty for wilfully injuring protected wildlife is $3171.40, while the maximum penalty for hunting, taking or destroying protected wildlife is $7928 or six months’ imprisonment, or both.

■Information can be provided anonymously by phoning DELWP’s customer service centre on 136 186 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 300 000.