A koala has been found dead with its ears cut off in Victoria, Australia, following a spate of animal mutilations in the area.
Police believe the culprit to be responsible for a string of similar attacks on kangaroos and wallabies in recent months.
The marsupial's body was discovered about two kilometres east of Hopkins bridge on Hopkins Point Road at Warrnambool on Monday.
Sergeant Pat Day told the Ballarat Courier: "It can only be described as a very troubling and disgusting incident. There's no reason for anybody to wish to treat an animal this way, whether dead or alive."
RSPCA Victoria is not involved in the investigation but said any deliberate act of animal cruelty may be linked to violence against other people.
A spokesman said: "Deliberate cruelty towards any animal is sickening and a very serious issue.
"Both because of the harm it causes to the animals themselves, and also because research consistently demonstrates a link between cruelty to animals and violent behaviour towards people."
Police believe the koala's mutilation was recent, but it is unclear if the animal was dead at the time.