Hunting arrow kills ibis in latest act of animal cruelty

THE RSPCA is investigating another sickening act of animal cruelty involving an arrow attack on native wildlife in the Caboolture area.

Only two weeks after Australia Zoo's Wildlife Hospital successfully treated a kangaroo with an arrow through its head it has had to help an ibis with an arrow through its body.

The kangaroo incident happened in the Toorbul area. The ibis was found on nearby Bribie Island.

Bribie and District Wildlife Inc vice-president Byron Cann estimated the two were found about five kilometres apart.

Robyn Harvey was driving in the Bribie Pines Estate when she saw "something sticking out of the bird" as it walked along the road.

"It was walking normally, but when I got close I saw it was a big hunting arrow," Ms Harvey said.

"I had to look twice, I couldn't believe it. It was coming out its side, wedged under its wing.

"It was still quite lively. I hoped they would be able to get the arrow out."

Ms Harvey called Bribie and District Wildlife who instructed how to capture the animal and take it home until it could be taken to the zoo.

An Australia Zoo spokeswoman said the bird died from its extensive injuries.

She said the markings on the arrow were different to the ones found in the kangaroo rescued two weeks ago.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said the two separate incidents were "close enough to be of concern".

"Sadly every year we get a number of animals shot with arrows and these range from possums, wallabies, kangaroos, flying foxes and birds such as pelicans, crows, curlews and ibis," Mr Beatty said.

Caboolture and Morayfield were recorded as having by the far highest incidents of animal cruelty in Queensland for the period January 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015.

Caboolture had 273 cases investigated and 183 in Morayfield - compared to Maroochydore's 46.

Mr Beatty said incidents of animal cruelty increased during school holidays.

Under the Animal Care and Protection Act,  the general offence of cruelty carries a maximum penalty of $227,700 or three  years imprisonment. 

There are also offences for severe animal cruelty under the Criminal Code Act which have a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment.

Anyone with information can call 1300 ANIMAL or the police on Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.