Up to 20 kangaroos were killed in what is believed to be a hit-and-run, Australian Police announced Monday.
Early Sunday, police were called to Tura Beach, on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia, with reports of dead kangaroos on the road, according to a news statement from New South Wales Police.
As many as 20 kangaroos may have been run over by a vehicle between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, officials said, in what they have called “acts of animal cruelty.”
Nine adult kangaroos and one joey were killed on The Dress Circle. An additional seven kangaroos and one joey were killed on Headland Drive, totaling 18 animals confirmed dead, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
New South Wales Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) volunteer Janine Green was woken by police around 1:30 a.m. Sunday to care for a Joey that had survived the incident. Green told The Sydney Morning Herald more injured animals may be around the area.
Green told 7NEWS.com.au she has never seen an incident of this magnitude in the 20 years she’s volunteered for WIRES.
“I have never seen anything like it... 20 kangaroos is a large amount and to hit that number must have done real damage to the vehicle,” she told 7NEWS.
She questioned who would commit an act, and said it made her “sad.”
“What fun could there be in this carnage, how could it make a person happy?” she said when speaking with 7NEWS.
Police are investigating the incident, and called for any witnesses to come forward with information.