Wallaby killed in dog attack
A DISTRESSED Angela Sare couldn’t watch.
It was too upsetting for the East Ballina woman to see a wallaby put down on Sharps Beach on Monday morning.
She had been with the animal for about two hours, watching helplessly as it succumbed to its injuries.
Ms Sare was about to start her daily walk on the beach at 7.30am when two men approached her to see if she had a camera.
They had told her a wallaby had been attacked by a dog on the beach and a photograph should be taken.
When Ms Sare went to the beach with her camera, the female wallaby was in the water.
It was ‘stressed and disoriented’ following the attack, and was sitting in the surf,being knocked over and swamped by waves.
She approached the animal cautiously, fearing that if it was injured it might want to defend itself.
But she said the opposite happened. She was able to get close enough to the animal to stroke it. “That’s when I knew it was sick. Something was wrong,” she said.
Ms Sare is a nurse, but couldn’t see any visible injuries on the animal, but she could see some marks on the animal’s coat. Any blood may have been washed off.
She said the wallaby tried to jump away, but headed about 50 metres into the surf. With the waves pounding, the wallaby tired easily and was pushed back to the shallow water.
Ms Sare phoned the police, who in turn reported the injured animal to wildlife carers. who advised that the animal be put down.
The safety of wallabies in the shire has become an issue this year.
East Ballina resident Stephen Killingbeck has been lobbying to have the speed limit on the Coast Road cut to 60km/h at East Ballina because wallabies are being hit by cars.