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Saturday 21 October 2017

Revellers tell all about cruel wallaby party

PARTYgoers who witnessed a wallaby let loose at a birthday party have told their story to animal rights groups.

The Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) was offered a €10,000 reward by an Australian man for information about the incident which would ultimately lead to arrest.

And director of ARAN, John Carmody, said they were overwhelmed by the calls they received from the public.

"We were deluged with information from people," he said. "We had over 150 calls -- including from people at the party.

"Initially they were quiet, but they picked up the phone the following day when they saw how outraged people were."

The group reported all of the information to gardai, who are continuing their investigation.

The DSPCA also received a number of leads after they lodged an official complaint with gardai.

The wallaby or small kangaroo was brought into the middle of a boisterous crowd at a 30th birthday party earlier this month.



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It was let loose among more than 150 revellers dancing to the theme tune of the Australian television show Skippy The Bush Kangaroo at the Clarion hotel, in Liffey Valley.

An anonymous Australian stepped forward after the news spread internationally and said he was eager to uncover the culprit behind the cruel act.

"Most people in Australia are horrified to hear of what has happened, this will no doubt leave Ireland with a bad reputation in my country," he said.

Mr Carmody said that he believed that gardai knew the person responsible and were waiting to make the next move.

"We're worried these animals might be killed and we are asking the people to give themselves up to gardai," he said.

Investigators have studied CCTV footage from the hotel.

Alexander Scholl, the owner of Australian Super Circus Sydney, which was 500m from the hotel, told detectives that he had two wallabies -- Skippy and Sydney -- but denied that either had been involved. "They think it was one of my wallabies, but it definitely was not," he said.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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