Monday, February 10, 2014

Bush turkey shot with home-made arrow on Sydney's north shore

RSPCA NSW is calling on residents of Northbridge to come forward regarding a sickening attack on a bush turkey with a home-made arrow.

Despite the tip of the arrow dislodging in the bird, it managed to elude RSPCA Inspectors for two weeks before being captured. Once in care it was operated on by RSPCA NSW vets and is currently with a foster carer. It with be released back into the wild once it recovers.

“The turkey was very elusive, we tried catching it by hand, a throw net, a bird trap and tranquilliser rifle,” said RSPCA NSW Inspector Flett Turner. 

“In the end we used a fox trap with mirror in it to attract the turkey and catch it. Local residents assisted greatly in it capture, and were appalled that someone could treat an animal in such a manner,” Turner added.

Bush turkey are a protected native animal and RSPCA NSW and can only be caught and relocated by a licensed pest controller with the correct permits.

Under the Prevention to Cruelty to Animals Act the offender could face a fine of up to $22,000 and/or two years jail.

Members of the public with information about this attack are encouraged to call the RSPCA on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589).

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