NEARLY 20 native animals and birds have been shot with arrows in Queensland in the past six months.
The majority of the attacks came during school holidays and the RSPCA said this week it was worried the attacks would escalate over the Christmas holidays.
"Why anyone would get their kicks from shooting a defenceless creature is beyond us," RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Michael Beatty said.
"Almost all the animals had to be euthanased because of their injuries and all of them suffered terribly before they came into our care.
"What's even more disturbing is that these are just the ones we know about.
"There are obviously many more that are not reported."
Possums, wallabies, scrub turkeys, curlews and ibis were among the victims and last week three children, about 12 years old, were seen beating a curlew with a plank of wood in Caravonica Park in Calamvale.
"We would urge anyone who has any information regarding cruelty to animals to come forward," Mr Beatty said.
"That horrific attack on the alpacas at Caboolture High School is still unsolved and someone must know something."
Other cases of cruelty to wildlife include:
- A possum and baby attacked with a spear gun at Norman Park
- Curlews attacked with arrows at Fig Tree Pocket and Enoggera
- Scrub turkeys attacked with an arrow at Moorooka, Carina Heights and Oxley
- Kangaroos attacked with arrows at Wondai
- Ibis and plovers attacked with arrows at Cranbrook and Heatley near Townsville
- A goat and plover attacked with arrows at Home Hill
- A cat attacked with an arrow at Maroochydore
- Baby magpies attacked with a nail gun at Bribie Island