Australian animal welfare authorities launched a nationwide hunt today for a man filmed punching and kicking a kangaroo unconscious.
The video, which shows the man using kickboxing-style attacks on the kangaroo as his friend laughs while filming, was sent to the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in Western Australia State.
In one scene the man pulls the kangaroo towards him and uses his knee to hit the animal's chest and the man punches the kangaroo's face as the animal struggles to remain standing. A final punch knocks the kangaroo to the ground where it appears to lay unconscious. It is unclear whether the attack resulted in the death of the animal, which authorities believe was injured, possibly in a car accident.
Wildlife officer Leonie Rickard says she the animal looked dazed from the beginning of the filming and, therefore, may have already been hit by a car.
[Michael Beatty from the RSPCA]:
"Somebody who could go out and commit a heartless act like that and find it funny, I think there's something seriously wrong with them nationwide hunt is on for a vicious sadist who king hit a kangaroo, knocking it unconscious, then bragged about his exploits on the internet."
The RSPCA has launched a nationwide appeal to catch the men responsible for the attack and video.