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Police are on the hunt for the culprit behind a disgusting act of animal cruelty in Canberra’s south.

It’s after rangers came across a female wombat at Tharwa Sandwash late last week, that had been stabbed several times.

Manager with ACT Parks and Conservation Service, Brett McNamara, said it’s the worst act of cruelty he’s seen in his nearly 30 years in the job.

“I’ve never seen something quite as horrific as this. The injuries sustained by this poor wombat are quite shocking,” he said.

“Obviously coming across something such as this is very distressing, not only for our staff, but also for the wider community.”

The incident has sparked outrage online, with dozens of people expressing their horror on the ACT Parks and Conservation Facebook page.

“It’s certainly something in the bush capital we don’t accept. Our conservation reserves belong to all of us and I think the outrage expressed by the community echoes that,” Mr McNamara said.

An investigation’s underway, with police on the lookout for the person behind the vicious killing.

“We’re keen to catch up with the perpetrators and understand why they did such a horrific act to such a beautiful native animal,” Mr McNamara said.

“Wombats within the ACT are a protected species and therefore there are strict penalties under the Conservation Act.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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