GRAPHIC: Horrific wildlife attack leaves walker distressed
A WARWICK wildlife lover has been left distressed and angry after a horrifying incident on Monday morning.
Sandra Wilson had taken a walk to do some bird-watching in a Rosenthal Environmental Reserve on the outskirts of Warwick at 6.45am, when she said the peace was disturbed by the sound of barking dogs.
"I investigated, thinking that an animal might be in distress," Ms Wilson said.
"I found two dogs, not in distress but circling a tree, jumping up at it and barking.
"I have seen one of them before on previous excursions there, and know that it lives at a nearby house.
"So I chased both of them away and looked more closely at the tree."
Inside a hollow about 1.4m up the tree, was a possum badly injured and distressed.
"It was more the wreckage of a possum, still alive, crying in fear and agony," Ms Wilson said.
"It probably thought it would be safe once it attained the sanctuary of its hollow, but it was not safe from two determined domestic dogs.
"They had obviously been there a considerable time, judging by the damage to the surrounding vegetation, the tree bark around the hollow's entrance, not to mention the damage to the possum."
Upset and angry Ms Wilson ran to a nearby house, where she believed the dogs had come from, raising the owners to come and see what the dogs had done.
At the same time, Ms Wilson called a number of Warwick vets before she was able to find one to come to the scene.
"Luckily I spoke to a young lady who was able to come straight out and help," Ms Wilson said.
"The possum lived for another 90 minutes before a vet could be found to euthanise it," she said.
"I will live with the images and the sounds of that possum until I die.
"This poor possum has been attacked trying to get to cover, and even when it got there it still wasn't safe at all."
Ms Wilson said owners needed to be more responsible.
"I hope that this horrific incident will serve as a wake-up call to the irresponsible/ignorant/uncaring people who allow their domestic animals to roam unfettered.
"Keep your dogs locked up, understand the damage they can do to our local wildlife."
The owner of the house Ms Wilson attended in distress, contacted the Warwick Daily News to say it wasn't confirmed it was definitely their dogs or if it was even a dog that attacked the possum.