Cop shoots wallaby six times in front of young family
A POLICE officer fired six shots to kill an injured wallaby in a suburban street, prompting a backlash on social media.
Stanthorpe police had been called to assist Granite Belt Wildlife Carers president Betty Balch and the RSPCA to locate a badly injured wallaby in a suburban street on the town's outskirts on Saturday.
The adult swamp wallaby with a badly injured leg was found outside a Wallangarra Rd home and, after noting the injuries, Mrs Balch called for police back-up.
She said the six shots police fired at the wallaby were humane.
"I called the police who came immediately to assist," Mrs Balch said.
"Because it was still mobile, it could have been a problem but it moved to an area where it was safe to shoot.
"Yes six shots were used.
"Five were in very quick succession to immobilise the animal and one approximately two seconds later to kill him.
"The officer who did the shooting did an extremely good job as far as I am concerned … it was quick and humane."
But the incident has come under fire after it was witnessed by a young girl and her parent.
"Nothing like having your daughter watching the kangaroo and next minute, Stanthorpe police came running in with a pistol and shoot the kangaroo 6 times," Jamie Folkers posted on Facebook.
"The police officer standing no more then one meter (sic) away from it.
"We were standing no more then (sic) 50 metres away."
The Australian Government's National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies stipulates that the shooting of any kangaroo or wallaby, either on public or private land, is subject to law.
The code mandates that injured animals "should be euthanased quickly and humanely to alleviate suffering" and in a manner "that will achieve a rapid and humane death, preferably by a shot to the brain".
Police have been contacted for comment.