Crocodile show with arrow, left for dead in city river

Crocodile shot with arrow in Ross River, Townsville

This crocodile was found speared with an arrow on the banks of the Ross River in Kelso, in suburban Townsville.
Source: Townsville Bulletin

THE RSPCA has slammed a brazen act of animal cruelty after a crocodile was found speared with an arrow in the Ross River.

Boaties spotted the 1m freshwater croc struggling to move on the upper reaches of the river on Sunday afternoon and found it had been punctured in the stomach.

Emma Sprunt, who was cruising the river with friends, told The Townsville Bulletin she was horrified by what she saw.

“I was absolutely disgusted, it is a shame to know that it was a human being that did that,” she said.

“It made us feel quite sick that somebody could do that to an animal and if they have done that to a crocodile, what other animals have they done it to?”

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crocodile shot with arrow ross river

This crocodile was found speared with an arrow on the banks of the Ross River in Townsville.
Source: Townsville Bulletin

RSPCA Inspector Frank Bebernitz said it was a serious crime under the animal cruelty act and the offender could face a $10,000 fine.

“It is very disappointing and it makes me want to question people’s ethics towards animals, particularly native wildlife,” he said.

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection wildlife management director Dr Ashley Bunce said any attempt to harm a protected animal would be fully investigated.

“The arrow is likely to be causing severe pain to the small crocodile and could lead to painful complications and death,” she said.

“The arrow will be recovered and will assist in investigations.”

Read more at The Townsville Bulletin website.



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