The thieves who took three koala joeys from a Brisbane wildlife carer’s home are being told to hand them back or risk being charged with animal cruelty.
The 14-month-olds were taken from the home in Ormiston between 9pm on Thursday and 6am on Friday.
“At first it was thought that it could be a misguided prank and the animals would be returned very quickly,” said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty.
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“However there is no way that whoever took the joeys doesn’t realise the danger the animals are now in.
“There has been blanket publicity about their need for medication and supplementary feeding.
“These animals will die if they’re not returned.”
Mr Beatty says those responsible could face charges of animal cruelty under the Animal Care and Protection Act which carry a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment and a $220,000 fine.
The joeys could be handed in to any veterinary surgery, the RSPCA or a local police station.
Anyone who has any information to contact the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL or call Crimestoppers.