A wombat who was shot by 26 pellets from an air rifle was in critical care at a vet clinic in South Australia but was showing “positive signs” of recovery on Tuesday, October 13.
On Monday, the Wombat Awareness Organisation took to Facebook to ask for prayers for a wombat who had suffered 26 shots “head to toe” from an air rifle and was found on the side of the road in the southeast. In a later post, it was announced that the organization named the wombat Harold.
The sanctuary shared this footage as Harold responded “enthusiastically” to his food on Tuesday – a good sign, though he is “far from being out of the woods.”
Local FIVEaa Adelaide radio announcer Jeremy Cordeaux offered a reward for any information about who shot the wombat.
“Imagine surviving the bushfires and everything else that nature throws at these poor creatures and then some bastard comes along with an air rifle,” Cordeaux said during Tuesday night’s show. “I’ll put $5,000 on the table for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who did that. It’s appalling.” Credit: Wombat Awareness Organisation via Storyful