Two Australian teenagers have been charged with killing 14 kangaroos in a coastal town south of Sydney over the weekend.
Locals found the bodies of a dozen adult kangaroos and two joeys on two separate streets in Batemans Bay on Saturday, alerting police.
A third child kangaroo was injured in the stampede, which was found by a local resident the next day.
WIRES The Australian wildlife rescue organization said they have promoted a “single living joey” and named it “Hope”.
Expressing grief over the killings, the group said, “It has left an indelible mark on our dedicated volunteers and local residents.”
“Joey, a lone survivor, was found nearby on Saturday morning by a member of the public. She has been given the apt nickname ‘Hope’ and is now cared for by local Wires member Shelley. We’ll continue to update you on Hope’s progress ,” the group said in a tweet.
New South Wales Police said they found five adult kangaroos and a joey dead at Blairs Road and Sandy Place, and seven more carcasses of adult kangaroos and a joey in the Maloney Beach area.
NSW police on Monday arrested two 17-year-olds for the alleged mass murder of more than a dozen kangaroos. The two have been charged with brutally thrashing and killing animals and will be produced in court next month.
police told BBC that the kangaroos were hit by a car, but did not disclose the motive behind the killings.
The two teenagers face possible prison terms of five years and a fine of $22,000 (£12,000) if convicted of animal cruelty.
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