Splits, named after the distinctive notch in her ear, has returned for her daily bread from the Watson's in Booral.
Splits, named after the distinctive notch in her ear, has returned for her daily bread from the Watson's in Booral. Contributed

Survivor returns after massacre

SPLITTY the Booral kangaroo has come back, and she has brought her new family with her.

Splitty, or "Splits" as she is more formally known, was the only adult survivor of a mass shooting of kangaroos on Wheeley Rd at Christmas.

Residents were horrified by the slaughter of more than 20 animals that had been a beloved part of the neighbourhood for generations before the shootings occurred.

Carmel Watson, from Wheeley Rd, said she thought she would never see Splits again, after she disappeared after the shooting.

"We didn't see her for ages, and then some months later she popped up with a joey in her pouch," Ms Watson said.

She said Splits had also brought a new friend with her, a big male the Watsons had never seen.

Splits had been coming up to the Watson's back door since she was a joey herself to say hello and get some bread, and five and a half months after the shooting she was back again.

Ms Watson said it was horrible to see the kangaroos, which had built up a great level of trust in the people of Wheeley Rd over the years, being shot the weekend before Christmas.

It is believed the hunter was a police officer, from Gympie, with two younger people in his care.

On December 27 it was reported he was subject to an investigation from the then Department of Environment and Resource Management to determine if he had the appropriate permits to shoot the animals.

Queensland Police confirmed at the time the officer could face disciplinary action.

Yesterday, the new government's Environmental Protection Unit said the matter was being handled entirely by the Queensland Police Service (QPS).

QPS said no update was available: "The matter remains subject to an internal police investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further," a spokesperson said.



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