Kangaroo decapitated in 'cruel act' at Yellagonga Regional Park in Woodvale
A kangaroo has been found decapitated in a disturbing example of animal cruelty at a popular northern suburbs park.
Daniel Lizzi came across the horrifying scene at Yellagonga Regional Park in Woodvale on Friday afternoon and reported it to authorities.
Mr Lizzi, who recently moved into the area, said it appeared that the kangaroo’s head had been severed cleanly off, not torn.
“I don’t know of any sort of animal that could tear something off like that, that cleanly.” He also could not see any other scratches or cuts.
The head has not been found. Mr Lizzi has reported the find to the RSPCA and Joondalup Council.
“It was pretty confronting but also upsetting, especially with the recent fires during which something like a billion animals were lost,” he said.
“It is tragic enough that sort of thing goes on and then this poor innocent kangaroo going about its business, in a park mind you where it should be safe and protected, is taken out like that.
“It is not OK. If it is some idiot out there doing it for fun, they should go find something better to do.”
Mr Lizzi’s post about the find on a local residents Facebook group page sparked furious condemnation for those responsible.
RSPCA WA has confirmed it is investigating the incident and has called for anyone in the area who may have seen any suspicious behaviour to call the RSPCA Cruelty Hotline on 1300 278 358.
They are also keen to view any CCTV footage from homes along Duffy Terrace.
“It is deeply disturbing to come across acts of cruelty like this. And even more so when it relates to our precious wildlife,” an RSPCA spokesman said.
Animal cruelty is a serious criminal offence, punishable by a fine of up to $50,000 or five years in jail.