By Melissa Sheil
RSPCA WA and Kalamunda rangers are calling for the public’s help to locate a person who shot a duck with an arrow in Kalamunda two weeks ago.
On Friday, July 16, volunteers at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre were called to rescue a female wood duck found floating on the Stirk Park pond, awkwardly trying to swim with an arrow trailing out of its abdomen.
City of Kalamunda rangers caught the duck and drove it to the Kalamunda Veterinary Hospital where the arrow was surgically removed.
X-rays showed it had miraculously missed her bones, organs and air sacs.
The duck is currently under the care of Kanyana in a stable condition, though is reported to be very frightened, limping and not eating enough to make up for weight lost while injured.
Staff are concerned that she may have eggs as it is near duckling season and are worried for the safety of other ducks in the area.
Perth Wildlife Rescue Network director Rachael Kimber said that while attacks by arrows are not very common, she does come across a few cases of deliberate attacks each year.
“It can be quite confronting when dealing with these issues of abuse as a wildlife rehabilitator as no one likes to see an animal suffer,” she said.
“The pain these poor animals suffer from an attack, and more often than not the slow painful death, is awful.
“It’s absolutely sickening that there are people out there who can do this to our wildlife.”
In 2018, Echo News reported an incident involving a cat in Ellenbrook being shot through the back of its head with an arrow, which thankfully also survived.
Deliberate harming of wildlife is prohibited under the Animal Welfare Act 2002, with the minimum penalty being $2000 and the maximum $50,000 and five years imprisonment.
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that could assist the rangers in their report, is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact RSPCA WA through its Cruelty Hotline at 1300 278 358.