facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Koala struggles for life after being shot

Nov. 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM   |   Comments

JIMNA, Australia, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A baby koala in Jimna, Australia, is struggling for life after being shot.

The female joey was found Friday at Jimna, west of Queensland, with 15 shotgun pellets lodged in its body and skull.

The koala had emergency surgery, but veterinarians could only remove three of the pellets.

It is believed the mother may also have been shot, but its body has not been found. The penalty for deliberately shooting a koala is a $225,000 fine or two years in jail. Authorities are searching for the person or persons who shot at the koala and are appealing to the public for information.

The Koala is one of Australia's signature animals. The small marsupial lives in the interior regions of the eastern states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
2
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
3
Woman allegedly sets roommate on fire for throwing out pasta Woman allegedly sets roommate on fire for throwing out pasta
4
GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide
5
Brazil, Argentina to strenghten aerospace cooperation; talk Gripen deal Brazil, Argentina to strenghten aerospace cooperation; talk Gripen deal
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback