Driver Mows Down 20 Kangaroos in Deliberate Attack: 'It Was Just Pure, Senseless Slaughter'

Police in Australia have launched an investigation after 20 kangaroos and joeys were killed by a driver in an apparent deliberate attack.

It is believed the suspect purposely targeted the animals while driving through the town of Merimbula in New South Wales between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, September 28.

Janine Green, a volunteer at NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES), described her heartache after finding the bodies of the kangaroos strewn out across the streets.

"Until you see it you can't grasp the reality of it. People were just horrified, and when we took the bodies away, seeing them on the back of the ute was heartbreaking," Green told 7 News.

She added to ABC Net: "It was just pure, senseless slaughter. There's no reason for it."

Police suspect the driver had mounted spotlights on his vehicle, believed to have been a white utility vehicle, while targeting the kangaroos.

"So the roos would have stood there stunned and then they just ran them down," Green added.

Images of the killed and injured animals have been shared on social media, prompting outrage from parents saying they are too distressing for children to see.

Local resident Rob Evans told The Sydney Morning Herald that the images are upsetting but they do illustrate "why people have been so outraged by this senseless piece of stupidity."

Green said there may be more kangaroos which have not yet been discovered in the area and WIRES are seeking the public's help.

"We are asking all residents to be on the lookout for any others in the area that may be injured and are lying in bushland or vacant blocks," Green said.

At least three injured joeys have been recovered and are currently receiving treatment since the dead bodies were first discovered. A WIRES spokesperson told Newsweek that the smallest joey is a 6-months-old male which has since been named "Nullah."

Police have not yet identified a suspect in the killings, but have identified a vehicle of interest.

NSW Police said in a statement: "Police believe that up to 20 kangaroos may have been run over by a vehicle between 10:30p.m. and 11:30p.m. on Saturday," reports ABC Net.

"Police are appealing for anyone who may have information that could assist the investigation to contact Bega detectives or Crime Stoppers."

Green said she feels sorry for whoever was responsible for the attacks.

"I was very sad that someone would have such low self-esteem they would think this would make them a hero," she told 7 News.

"What fun could there be in this carnage, how could it make a person happy?"

In a statement to Newsweek, a WIRES spokesperson said: "WIRES is horrified to hear about the incident that took place in Tura Beach early on Sunday morning.

"Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation can be extremely challenging for all involved, especially when animals have been injured in an apparent act of cruelty."

"WIRES would like to thank local police and all concerned members of the community."

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One of the joeys which is recovering from its injuries following the attack in Tura Beach, near Merimbula on the NSW south coast of Australia. WIRES