Quokka fed alcohol on Rottnest Island, man may face animal cruelty charges
A young Perth man could face serious animal cruelty charges after he was filmed giving a quokka alcohol on Rottnest Island.The man was filmed pouring a mixed vodka drink into the animal’s mouth as people laughed in the background on Saturday.
Rangers are now reviewing the footage in a bid to track down the person who is responsible.
A Rottnest Island Authority spokeswoman described the behaviour as cruel and thoughtless.
“Quokkas are a threatened species and they are not designed to have human food, let alone alcohol,” she said.
“We know there is proof that this does do them harm and could even kill them.”
Nine News reported that the video was uploaded onto Snapchat during a group of people’s “alcohol-fuelled stay” on the island.
It was reported that the clip was one of many shared by the girlfriend of the man in the video, who is an aspiring Perth model.
The man could be charged with interfering with wildlife or with animal cruelty, which carries a maximum penalty of five years jail and a $50,000 fine.