LAST_UPDATEFri, 22 Jun 2018 11am

Koala Found Dead With Both Its Ears Cut Off

A koala has been found dead with both its ears cut off in Australia, the latest in a spate of animal cruelty cases happening in Victoria’s south west.

The marsupial was found by an emergency services worker on a road in Warrnambool, over 200km from Melbourne, Victoria on Monday, November 6, according to media reports.

The police believe that the koala’s mutilation was recent but they could not determine whether the koala was still alive when its ears were removed.

"Police members are investigating what can only be described as a very troublesome and disgusting incident involving the mutilation of a koala.

"We certainly want to get to the bottom of it. There is no reason for anybody to treat an animal in this way, whether it be alive or dead,” said Warrnambool Sergeant Pat Day as reported by AFP.

Victoria police also said in a statement that this follows a series of kangaroo and wallaby mutilations in the area but was the first incident involving a koala.

In June, a kangaroo was found shot dead and tied to a chair with a liquor bottle in Melbourne, BBC reports.

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Police have appealed for help to find the perpetrator of this recent mutilation case.

The koala, which is native to Australia, is currently classified as a ‘vulnerable’ species as the Australian Koala Foundation notes that there are fewer than 100,000 left in the wild.