Animal Cruelty : Two French Tourist Set A Fire To An Innocent Quokka

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Two French nationals try to burn a harmless quokka with lighter and aerosol and they film the whole incident on a video.

The Story

Two french nationals Thibaud Jean Leon Vallete, 24, and Jean Mickael Batrikian, 18 were found guilty of animal cruelty against an endangered animal.

Not only the two cousin visiting the Australia's Rottnest Island allegedly attempted to light a quokka on fire, they also filmed the entire thing on video. The full video can be watch here(warning, may contain graphics)

What Is Quokka

Quokka is friendly marsupial, a small(about the size of a cat) and harmless relative of kangaroos and wallabies.

It is an Australian's favourite random animal and is one of the native animal on the Rottnest Island.

This endangered species is not only adorable but also not afraid to approach by human.

They pose no threat to humans and are described as some as “the happiest animal in the world” due to its friendly nature and the smile-like curve of its mouth.

The Video

In the video, they point a can of aerosol toward the animal and ignite it with a lighter, which produce a 10 inch flame and singed the quokka's head and body.Both of them can be heard laughing in the video after the scared animal try to escapes.

The two pleaded guilty to counts of animal cruelty for the incident. Magistrate Elizabeth Langdon sentenced both men to either pay a $4,000 fine or spend a week in jail. A comparatively light sentence, considering the maximum punishment is $50,000 fine and five years in jail for their crime. Both men not wanting to pay for the fine, chose to spend their nights in jail.

Peter Murphy of awareness group Quokka Rescue told to The Sydney Morning Herald, "I don't think the sentence is enough. I think they got off quite lightly," .

The men's defence lawyer state to the court that they made a stupid and juvenile mistake and have shown deep remorse.But when the footage was played back to them, they told that they still don't see what is wrong with what they did.

Ever since the video gone viral on the internet, the cousins had received death threats and threats of violence against them and are now saying they fear for their lives and are scared.

In the 1990s the Australian authorities set a maximum $10,000 (£6,670) fine as part of a crackdown on anyone caught harming quokkas.

Save The Species

Luckily, the quokka that was singed during the incident only received minor burn and is recovering well. It can be seen wandering around the island with a burnt fur on one side of its body .

The adorable quokka rose to Internet fame earlier this year, after it became the main subject of selfies from tourists visiting the island.

According to IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, quokka is listed as "vulnerable", and it is estimated that the global quokka population is less than 8,000 today.

In February this year, five quokkas were found dead on Rottnest.

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author avatar WOGIAM
6th May 2015 (#)

I am glad the men were caught for their wicked and thoughtless actions.
I think i have seen a photo of this animal but never knew its name.

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author avatar Vicente Sudiacal
8th May 2015 (#)

Thank god the Quokka is still alive and kicking, animal cruelty is a crime. I think the man that burned the Quokka is jelous because they are one of the internet trends.

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author avatar anon177
10th May 2015 (#)

what sadden me is that the two are punished with only a week behind bars

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