Two turkeys killed in shocking arrow attacks

TWO turkeys have had to be put down after being shot with arrows in a horrifying incident that has shocked animal authorities.

The RSPCA has put out a call for information on the attacks.

RSPCA Qld Senior Inspector Jason Crowther said the evidence were suffering before being rescued.

"Our wildlife vets determined that the turkey attacked in Carina Heights had probably been shot at least two days before being rescued, as its wounds were necrotic and foul smelling," he said.

"Unfortunately, the arrows had caused too much damage and bleeding.
 

A bush turkey shot with arrows, delivered to the RSPCA for treatment
A bush turkey shot with arrows, delivered to the RSPCA for treatment

Each of the birds were being treated at the RSPCA's Wildlife Hospital in Wacol.

"X-rays showed that the arrow had passed completely through the thorax; its left lung was likely to be affected.

"The degree of infection and injuries meant that surgical repair was not possible."

They were both put down.
 

The xray of a turkey delivered to the RSPCA after being shot with an arrow
The xray of a turkey delivered to the RSPCA after being shot with an arrow

Both turkeys were found in the backyards of local residents.

"Although they were badly injured, they managed to fly over fences to seek refuge," Senior Inspector Crowther said.

The arrow attacks occurred in Brisbane, the first on October 17 in Annerley.

The second was in Carina Heights 11 days later.

A similar attack in Carina Heights was reported to the RSPCA two years ago, but the animal welfare group had never heard of such cruelty in Annerley before.

This is just the latest in a string of animal attacks, Mr Crowther said.

Other cases included a wild-caught rainbow lorikeet that had its beak and wings cut, a bushtail with a broken leg after it was hung by a road and a pigeon with a nail through its head.

"It's very disturbing to think that there are people who would inflict such cruelty on these animals," Senior Inspector Crowther said.

If you can help the RSPCA with its investigation, contact the hotline 1300 ANIMAL or 1300 264 625.
 



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