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Investigations are underway after a plover was found with a large arrow through its chest in Woodford on Wednesday.
It’s the third similar case of animal cruelty in the Moreton Bay District in just months, sparking fears there may be a sadistic bird killer on the loose in the area.
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The plover was discovered by a member of the public on the afternoon of August 5, who then alerted RSPCA Qld.
“She was a mother to four chicks that were standing with her partner nearby,” the RSPCA said.
“The family of plovers were well known in the area and neighbours stayed with the bird until RSPCA rescue officer Chantelle Scolari arrived.
“Understandably the plover was very wary of people, but eventually Chantelle was able to catch the bird and it was taken to RSPCA Qld’s wildlife hospital at Wacol.”
Despite desperate attempts by vets, sadly the mother plover could not be saved.
“The mother had sustained irreparable damage from the arrow in the chest and also had a severely fractured leg,” RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty said.
“Due to the severity of her injuries euthanasia was the only humane option.”
Thankfully the chicks were able to be left in the care of their father as they were all unharmed.
“This is yet another case where a bird or animal is left with injuries that are incredibly painful… They never die quickly,” Mr Beatty said.
It comes after an Ibis was found shot with an arrow in Caboolture in June and a second Ibis was found in Morayfield in May with gun pellets in its body.
“We’d urge anyone who has information regarding these incidents to contact the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL,” Mr Beatty said.