Dead koala found screwed to a pole prompts outcry

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The attack prompted Koala Rescue in Queensland to call for tougher penalties to punish those who harmed animals deliberately.

A SICKENING photo of a dead koala which was apparently nailed to a wooden post while alive has sparked outrage.

Australian authorities are investigating after a dead koala was found screwed to a post at Brooloo Park Lookout in Queensland on Wednesday.

"It appears to have seen some trauma to the head so I don't know whether or not you'll be able to find out from the autopsy whether or not that's caused by auto or something else", Mr Beatty said.

"It's just sick, it makes me want to throw up", Murray Chambers, from Koala Rescue Queensland, told the BBC.

The koala was found with signs of head trauma but its cause of death is still unknown, the Telegraph reported.

"This poor koala has been screwed to the pole with building screws", they wrote in a Facebook post which has been shared more than 4,000 times.

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The perpetrator could be charged with animal cruelty if caught, animal welfare charity RSPCA said. It seems that there are some who look for new and horrific ways to be cruel to defenceless animals.

"I've had some bad incidents in the past", he said.

The koala's cause of death has not yet been determined; however, its fur was covered in dry blood at the time of discovery.

While some even wondered whether the animal was dead in the first place when it was 'screwed' on to the post. The next step in the process is for the koala, a healthy male, to be inspected by vets.

The RSPCA will undertake a post-mortem examination on the koala, whose body was removed by council workers. Please if anyone knows or suspects anything or anyone contact RSPCA directly.

"This is very disturbing", Queensland RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty told Reuters.

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