A kangaroo survived for about a week after being shot through the head with an arrow, wildlife officials said, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Kangaroo: Veterinary surgeons from Melbourne Zoo operated on the stricken animal over the weekend and were optimistic about his chances. Photo: AFP
Wildlife Australia has posted a A$10,000 dollar (£5,032) reward to find the person responsible for shooting the kangaroo, which was found in parkland near Melbourne's outer suburbs on Thursday.
Veterinary surgeons from Melbourne Zoo operated on the stricken animal over the weekend and were optimistic about his chances.
"This was a big injury, but because the arrow didn't seem to have been in there for a long time, and the injury was fresh, hopefully he'll be okay," said Michael Lynch, a vet at Melbourne Zoo.
"I'm cautiously optimistic about the kangaroo's prospects for a full recovery."
The marsupial was rescued just days after another kangaroo was found with an arrow in its rump in the same location, said Fiona Corke, a Wildlife Victoria spokesman. She said her organisation wanted to catch those responsible.
"It's just unbelievable, I just can't believe that anybody would do something so cruel. It must be a very cold-hearted person to do that," she told national news agency AAP.
Miss Corke said the kangaroo was believed to have survived for up to a week before it was discovered and taken to an animal hospital.