An investigation is underway after a kangaroo was found shot with an arrow south of Newcastle.
About 2.30pm on Sunday, staff at Morisset Psychiatric Hospital found the young marsupial within bushland in the hospital grounds.
It had a hunting arrow lodged in its abdomen.
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Police from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command were called and unfortunately had to euthanize the animal.
Officers are investigating the incident and are appealing for anyone with information about how the kangaroo came to be injured to come forward.