A baby rattler caught on a log in a remote bushland is believed to have been caught by an illegal logger.
Key points:The baby is in the care of the Queensland Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPW)The mother is believed at the time to have had two adult rats in her cageThe baby’s mother was last seen by a member of the public on July 12, 2016, and was believed to be pregnant at the moment of deathThe department is appealing for information about the baby rattlers nest in the Kingsland River, about 50 kilometres south-west of Brisbane.
Key facts:The young baby is believed in the same area as two adult rattlers and is believed by police to be related to both animals.
It is the second baby found in the region in less than a month, and police are asking for anyone who has seen the baby to come forward.
“There are no reports of this species occurring in the last 10 years and there’s no evidence to suggest it’s been a problem for this population,” said Senior Sergeant Craig Thompson.
“The Department of Primary Industries and Forestry and the Parks and Conservation Services (DPIC) are working closely with the DPPIC to assess the species and the circumstances of this baby’s capture.”
Mr Thompson said it was hoped the baby would be released to its mother.
“Hopefully the mother will give it some love and support,” he said.
“It’s very sad that this could happen.”
This is a very rare and unusual situation and we really hope the DDPIC can help this baby get home to its mum.
“We’re trying to establish whether there are other babies around that nest in this area.”‘
It’s quite a tragic situation’Police said the mother was believed at that time to be expecting.
“She was the last known sighting of the baby on July 13, 2016,” Sergeant Thompson said.
The department has been in contact with the mother and the department’s wildlife services and is urging anyone who may have seen the snake to come and speak to a wildlife officer.
“If anyone has any information about this, please contact the DPDIC or Wildlife Services,” Mr Thompson said, adding they were working with the local community to find the baby’s location.
“While this may be a tragic case, it’s quite an unfortunate situation and the Department of State Parks and Tourism is working closely throughout the state with our partners to identify and contact any additional information.”