IT sounded like it was suffocating on its own blood.
That's how Lana Jones described the final moments of a kangaroo she found in a Norman Gardens estate with what looked to be an arrow or bullet wound to the chest.
As a Rockhampton wildlife volunteer Lana is used to helping injured animals, but she said this animal suffered enormously.
She and another volunteer responded after calls from residents and restrained the kangaroo for its safety before transporting it to Alma St Vet Clinic.
It died from what they believe was an infection on the way.
RSPCA Regional Inspector Laurie Stageman said kangaroos were a protected species.
"Acts like that can face very steep cruelty charges of $220,000 or three years in jail," he said.
"If people see any acts of cruelty, regardless if it's wildlife or domestic, they should lodge their concerns with the RSPCA."
Lana believes the animal could have been injured three to four days before it eventually died.
She also warned with the new developments near Norman Gardens there would be a lot of kangaroos and wallabies displaced.
"People might find them in residential areas around there, and we're asking people not to feed or interfere with the animals," she said.
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