Teens charged after killing 14 kangaroos in Australia
Two boys are being charged with recklessly beating and killing the animals.
Two teenagers have been charged over an alleged attack that left 14 kangaroos dead in a coastal Australian town south of Sydney.
The 17-year-old boys were arrested after police found the bodies of the eastern grey kangaroos at Batemans Bay on Saturday.
New South Wales Police said they found twelve dead adult kangaroos and two dead joeys spread across two locations in the town. Both teenagers are being charged with recklessly beating and killing the animals.
A female joey is the only survivor of the deliberate and brutal mass killing. WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation said they have fostered the lone survivor and named her “Hope.”
"WIRES, its community of carers & supporters are saddened by the news of events in Bateman's Bay on Friday night resulting in the deaths of 15 Eastern Grey kangaroos, including two joeys across two separate locations," the organisation wrote on Instagram.
"It is a tragic and senseless act that has left an indelible mark on our dedicated Mid South Coast branch volunteers who attended the scene, as well as the local residents. A single surviving joey was located nearby on Saturday morning by a member of the public. She has been aptly nicknamed ‘Hope' and is now in care with local WIRES member Shelley. We will continue to update you on Hope’s progress.
We thank the community for their efforts in reporting and assisting Police with their investigations into this incident."
The teenagers will appear at a children's court on 22 November.