Baby koala shot 15 times

Who could be so cruel? Frodo baby koala that was blasted with a shotgun. Picture: Australia Zoo.

Outraged Australians have called for the person who shot a baby koala

up to 15 times to receive the same punishment.

The tiny animal, nicknamed Frodo, remains in a critical condition in

the late Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo after it was found riddled with

pellets beside its dead mother.

The joey – as baby koalas are called – received a fractured skull and

gun pellets were found scattered throughout her body, damaging her


Vets at the zoo said it was touch and go whether Frodo, who was

blasted from a tree with a shotgun on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast,

north of Brisbane, will survive.

‘She’s in a critical condition, but if she can be stabilised she will

undergo further surgery to remove pellets and repair damage,’ said vet

Amber Gillett.

Miss Gillet said Frodo was receiving intravenous antibiotics, fluids

and pain relief, as well as blood transfusions.

‘We are stunned to see this kind of animal cruelty and cannot begin

to fathom why somebody would want to shoot a koala that poses no

threat to them.’

Mr Mark Townend, a senior officer with the RSPCA, said his

organisation would provide any help needed to search for the culprit

and bring cruelty charges.

‘I just can’t believe the ratbags we’ve had to deal with over the

past 12 months.

‘We’ve spent a lot of money on education about animal welfare. If

people don’t like animals why don’t they just leave them alone – they

don’t have to shoot them.’

Sickened Australians have taken their comments further, one writer to

a newspaper’s comment pages saying: ‘Shoot the idiot who did this 15

times. See how they like it.’

Anne of Brisbane said: ‘This is absolutely disgusting. Those poor

defenceless koalas. Whatever did they do wrong? There are some really

sick people around.’

One writer was determined to take the law into his own hands.

He said he was from that area and ‘if you, the perpetrator are

reading this, if I find you first I am going to ensure your “heroic”

act does not go unpunished. Mark my words, it’s a very small place up


Another commentator said: ‘Words cannot express…these people do not

deserve to live.’

Yet another wrote: ‘Speechless and disgusted at these people’s

actions. I can’t believe you are allowed to walk this earth with us.

Your day will come.’

Scores of people sent their good wishes to Frodo, saying they hoped

she would pull through.

* UPDATE: Surgeons have removed about half of the 15 pellets but admit that it’s ‘touch and go’ whether baby Frodo will survive.

The big fear is that she will succumb to lead poisoning. In the meantime, they are taking the pellets from her at the rate of a few at a time so as to not stress her.

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6 Responses to Find the Coward Who Shot This Baby Koala

  1. lynda says:

    Only sick and revolting cowards would attack a defenseless animal in this horrendous manner. What goes around comes around, and for the person/people responsible hopefully it will be sooner rather than later!

  2. Isobelle says:

    The law ought to treat the killing of a defenceless animal in the same way as the murder of a human. Neither the Government nor the RSPCA send a strong enough message that these sick and deliberate acts of cruelty cannot be tolerated. Can we have an update on the poor baby koala’s condition please?

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  4. Claire says:

    I would just like to say thank you for the artical, I am not a native of Australia but my favorite animal is the koala and I have been working on petitions and my own research and donations on how to help and get awareness out. I agree that the law should treat this as seriously as the shooting of a person, and hope that some day there will be a organization that does try to protect koalas from these human attacks and investigates them as well. Koalas are adorable inquisitive amazing creatures and they deserve a chance at a happy healthy and long life. Blessings and loving thoughts to frodo. Thank you.

  5. admin says:

    Thanks for your comment Polarbearzes – the good news is that Frodo recovered and was released back into the wild. Unfortunately the person who shot him also continues to roam free. But police inquiries continue…

  6. werewolf luver says:

    the poor thing! i will find him and show him the pain! suffer coward!!! #####

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