Police in Australia are investigating after footage emerged of a man punching a kangaroo with a "broken back" on Snapchat.
The footage posted on the popular messaging platform shows a man boxing the injured animal in a clip reports say is believed to have been filmed in New South Wales
The kangaroo raises a paw to defend itself from its attacker's blows as he rains down punches on its snout, but is too weak and it collapses on the ground.
A man filming the incident can he heard laughing in the background and egging on his mate.
The video reportedly gone viral after circulating on social media, where some named and shamed the alleged culprits as two teens from NSW.
Some claimed the pair had hit the kangaroo with their car causing its back to break, as social media users branded them "scum of the earth", according to Mail Online .
Footage and images of Australia's native species suffering amid the country's ferocious bushfires this month has been breaking hearts around the world.
Kangaroos and koalas were among the millions of animals that lost their lives in the relentless blazes, prompting donations to flood in from across the globe as animal lovers responded to the creatures' plight.
The maltreatment of the kangaroo in the footage angered social media users, who demanded that the pair involved in the footage be tracked down and punished.
Some reports speculate that the footage was filmed several months ago, but it has recently gone viral after the shocked social media users began spreading the footage in a bid to see the kangaroo's tormentors identified and brought to justice.
The footage was filmed in an unknown location, but authorities confirmed to local media that the incident was believed to have taken place in a spot in regional NSW.
Australia's RSPCA told the Mail it had received a report in relation to the clip which alleged the incident took place in a town in southern NSW.
"We take all allegations of animal cruelty very seriously and this matter is currently under investigation,' an RSPCA spokesperson said.
"Everything that RSPCA NSW can do, which is appropriate and in accordance with the law, is being done.
"Privacy and legal considerations do not allow us to provide further information at this time."
A NSW Police spokesperson told local media the force was aware of the clip and investigating the "possible acts of animal cruelty."
A statement said: “Police will not tolerate violence against animals in any capacity."
“The public are reminded not to report crime via social media.”
Anyone with information on the incident is being urged to contact the RSCPA in Australia and NSW Police.
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