A Melbourne resident has been arrested for what environmental officials say was a "particularly abhorrent" case of animal cruelty. In a video viewed millions of times on the Chinese social media service QQ, the man can be seen using a hunting knife to kill a wounded Eastern gray kangaroo on a hillside, news.com.au reports. "Just face it, that's your fate. Let me finish this as quickly as I can," the man says in Chinese as he stabs the wounded animal and slashes its throat nearly 20 times while people in the background laugh. Eastern gray kangaroos are a protected species in Australia, and the 43-year-old suspect could face up to two years in jail and a $30,000 fine, the BBC reports.
Police say knives and firearms were seized from the home of the suspect, who was arrested after a tip from the public. Wildlife authorities say they hope viewers of the video will get the message that cruelty to animals is illegal and unacceptable, the Australian Broadcasting Company reports. "The killing of this kangaroo is barbaric and cruel and we expect the police to prosecute the man involved. It is hard to understand how anyone could commit such a brutal act, let alone film it," a World Animal Protection official said in a statement. (A US comedian recently got into trouble for his kangaroo act.)