Possum shot in the eye with pellet gun in animal cruelty horror

GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: Hunt despicable animal abuser who SHOT mother opossum in the eye – as experts warn of upsurge in attacks

  • Bonnie the brushtail opossum introduced to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
  • Found she had been shot by three shotgun pellets upon further inspection
  • The zoo has received three separate incidents of animals shot by shotgun pellets
  • There are rewards for anyone who reports wildlife crimes

A mother brushtail possum was shot in the eye with a pellet gun by mystery thugs, as investigations are underway to find the culprits.

Bonnie had been rushed to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for a checkup on a skin problem, but upon further analysis staff noticed she had suffered extensive damage to her right eye.

X-rays revealed that she had been shot with three shotgun pellets.

A mother brushtail opossum (pictured) was shot in the eye with a pellet gun in Queensland

The incident had taken place some time ago, with the opossum mother due to undergo surgery.

Animal welfare experts now fear there have been a growing number of similar cases, with three recent incidents where animals were targeted and shot with a pellet gun.

Wildlife Warriors has partnered with Crime Stoppers Queensland and Australia Zoo to reward members of the public who provide information about wildlife crime.

The mother opossum was brought to hospital with a baby joey who was named Jela (pictured)

The mother opossum was brought to hospital with a baby joey who was named Jela (pictured)

An injured joey (pictured) was one of many treated by Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

An injured joey (pictured) was one of many treated by Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

If you notice suspicious activity or come across injured wildlife, be sure to contact Crime Stoppers Queensland on 1800 333 000 or Australia Zoo on (07) 5436 2000.

This comes after a group of native water dragons were shot with darts in a valuable wetland.

The lizards were found impaled with homemade darts at Warriewood on Sydney’s northern beaches in January after locals noticed the injured reptiles lying by the water’s edge.

Officers managed to catch the creatures and remove the darts, measuring between two and three centimeters, from the injured animals – two of which required further treatment at a local veterinarian.

The opossum's injuries come just weeks after sick thugs shot down native water dragons (pictured) with darts in a valuable wetland

The opossum’s injuries come just weeks after sick thugs shot down native water dragons (pictured) with darts in a valuable wetland

Police said in a statement they were helped by volunteers as they attempted to grab the animals and remove the darts.

“The officer, assisted by volunteers, captured the water dragons and removed several darts – between 2 and 3cm long – which were embedded in their bodies,” a NSW Police spokesman said.

“The injuries were not life-threatening, with only one requiring further treatment at a local vet. The four water dragons have since been returned to the wetlands.

The police’s Facebook post garnered almost 1,000 comments, with people condemning the actions of the criminals.

“Throw the book on depraved morons – hope you catch them soon,” one woman wrote.

“Poor things – hopefully caught and punished appropriately,” another replied.

A woman named Katie, who lives in the Northern Beaches area, said she found the destroyed shell in the same location in the Warriewood Wetlands as the injured dragons.

A woman named Katie, who lives in the Northern Beaches area, said she found the destroyed shell in the same location in the Warriewood Wetlands as the injured dragons.

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