Water bird burnt in animal attack
A young seabird has been badly burnt in the latest of a string of animal cruelty attacks that are baffling south east Queensland authorities.
This time, a juvenile curlew was apparently set alight in the Brisbane bayside suburb of Cleveland on Tuesday night.
Resident Tracey Bates has told the RSPCA she looked outside her home and saw a light shining and heard a voice that said, 'we got him'.
Three male teenagers got into a white station wagon with a P-plate and drove off.
She went outside to find the bird with a badly burnt back, one eye damaged and breathing problems.
It was treated by a vet and is recuperating at a specialist clinic for birds.
RSPCA Queensland senior inspector Daniel Young is worried the attack is part of a new attitude among youths who feel it is funny or cool to harm animals.
Authorities are still investigating a series of bird poisonings, also in the bayside area, and the shooting of a koala at Kippa-Ring, north of Brisbane.
In the fourth such attack in southeast Queensland in two years, the six-year-old marsupial was found with seven slug gun pellets in his body, including one lodged in his skull.