The RSPCA is on the hunt to find the culprit who shoved a joey into an Australia Post mailbox on the Gold Coast with cruelty charges expected to be laid.
The distressed joey was rushed to a wildlife hospital after being rescued by a Queensland fire crew and an Australia Post employee on Friday morning.
They came to the aid of the joey who was apparently pushed through the swing ‘door’ parcel opening into a red street mailbox at Pimpama, a suburb on the Gold Coast.
An Australia Post representative said a customer heard noise emanating from the mailbox and called the Queensland fire brigade for help.
“A customer went to post something in the mailbox and then they have called the fire brigade and they have called us and that’s how we found the joey,” the spokeswoman told NCA NewsWire.
“Just as to how the joey ended up there we don’t know.”
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said they received a call about 6.30am regarding a joey being locked in a mailbox.
“We had dispatched our wildlife carer van but the fire brigade and someone with keys from Australia Post were there first,” he said.
“We will lodge a cruelty complaint and start an investigation.”
He asked anyone with information to call their confidential animal cruelty complaints hotline 1300 ANIMAL.
“An investigator will see if there is any CCTV footage available in the area,” he said.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services tweeted about their find and how the joey has been placed in safe hands.
“Our Pimpama FRS crew was called to a Gold Coast post box this morning after a baby roo was put inside,” they tweeted.
“A quick response from our crew, & Aust Post with the post box keys, meant the joey was out in no time. Pleased to report our furry friend is in the hands of wildlife carers.”
They joey was taken to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital on the Gold Coast.
A Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary spokeswoman said the joey was still being “assessed”.