Man brags about punching bloody wombat
WARNING: Graphic images
A disturbing Snapchat video has emerged of a bloodied wombat on the bonnet of a car and a man boasting about how he punched the native animal.
The clip shows a group of young men at a camp site near the Baskerville Raceway in Hobart, before cutting to a four-wheel-drive that's splattered with blood.
The footage then shows a wombat's lifeless body hanging over the bullbar.
"Well, I just punched the f**k out of a wombat, you weak c**t," a man can be heard saying in the footage.
The man then shows his hand with blood on his knuckle.
Tasmanian wildlife carer Greg Irons told the ABC the video had left him "lost for words".
"You get these try-hard, loser bogans like this fella we've seen today, that is seen as something they want to copy to get some notoriety out of it, some sort of tough-guy image," he said. "There is nothing tough about it, you are the weakest of the weak, to hurt an animal that cannot defend itself and 99.9 per cent of the community would agree."
The video has been on community Facebook pages, where it has stoked widespread outrage.
A spokesman for the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment said the video is being investigated.
"The Department is currently investigating a video circulating on social media that suggests an individual has caused harm to a wombat," the spokesman said in a statement.
"Alleged deliberate harming of any wildlife is completely unacceptable, and all reports are regarded extremely seriously by the Department."
The incident comes after South Australian police officer Waylon Johncock was filmed repeatedly throwing rocks at a wombat in the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.
The video shows Mr Johncock and another man following a wombat in a 4WD along a dirt road.
The car stops and Mr Johncock, who was off-duty at the time, gets out and starts following the animal on foot with rocks in his hand.
He gives the thumbs up before pelting the wombat with rocks.
The driver starts laughing as the animal tries to run away, with the cop continuing to hurl large stones.
"Go on, you've got him, you've got him," the second man says.
"Hit him, hit him, kill him."
He throws another rock, hitting the wombat in the head and causing it to topple over.
Mr Johncock raises his arms in triumph and smiles at the camera as the animal struggles on the ground
"You killed him!" the driver says.
"First bloke I've ever seen kill a wombat on foot, bro."
The video drew widespread outrage after being shared to the Wombat Awareness Organisation Facebook page, but an Aboriginal elder hit back, saying Mr Johncock was within his rights to kill the animal in this way.
Mr Johncock is indigenous and under the Native Title Act 1993, Aboriginal people are allowed to maintain ancient customs like hunting local wildlife.