It is unknown whether the poor koala was dead or alive or not before the incident occurred.
A dead koala found "screwed" to a post in an Australian park sparked a police investigation after an animal rescue group posted a photo of the disturbing discovery and demanded that the culprit is caught.
A concerned local called wildlife rescue workers when they spotted the koala in Brooloo Park Lookout in Imbil on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, but there was nothing that could be done by the time they got there.
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The rescue team was headed to the park on Thursday to conduct tests and determine if the male koala was dead or alive when it was placed there.
A photo of the abused koala was posted on social media, provoking widespread anger against the act denounced as "sick".
Facebook user Jenalle Payne said the story brought tears to her eyes.
"Police are now investigating the matter", said senior sergeant Pierre Senekal, at nearby Kenilworth.
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The rescue centre that the attack on a vulnerableand innocent animal showed no respect...
Fellow team member Ray Chambers said there was a need for stronger penalties for animal cruelty to stop this "horrid" behaviour.
It appears it was hit by a vehicle before being screwed through its paws to the gazebo and experienced koala rescuer Murray Chambers said he had never seen anything like it.
It is not yet known if the koala died before or after being screwed to the post.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has warned that the criminal responsible could face animal cruelty charges, reported the BBC.
"This is probably one of the worst things I've ever seen of my whole 10 years of doing this", he said.
"My gut feeling is that it was hit but why would you screw a koala to a wooden structure?" he said.