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Koala’s last moments alive caught on camera

  • A koala was spotted roaming a petrol station in Macarthur regions Appin Road
  • The cuddly creature was tragically killed after attempting to cross a nearby road
  • The NSW Government has initiated a project set to eliminate koala roadkill toll 
  • The $1 million five-kilometre project will stretch along Appin and Picton Road

An adorable koala has been hit and killed by a car just moments after walking through a petrol station.  

An image circulated after a wildlife warrior spotted the koala strolling around the Woolworths service station on Appin Road in Sydney’s southwest.

A Wires volunteer was watching the national species when they briefly ducked out, as the tragedy unfolded. 

The cuddly creature made its way down a nearby tree and attempted to cross over the road, before being hit and killed.

The cuddly koala (pictured above) was spotted walking around Woolworths service station on Appin Road in Campbelltown, Sydney

‘There is no wildlife fencing – no underpasses or overpasses on Appin Road so the wildlife can get from A to B safely,’ local wildlife rescuer Ricardo Lonzer told ABC.

A local wildlife conservation group posted confronting images of the animal’s last moment alive and bloodied body in an attempt to create awareness.

The post was met with a string of devastating comments, with members of the public calling for drastic measures to be taken. 

The page has shared an event for the ‘peaceful rally to be the voice for our disease free koalas’, to be held on June 3.

The national species was tragically hit and killed by a car as it attempted to cross busy Appin Road in Sydney's Macarthur region

The national species was tragically hit and killed by a car as it attempted to cross busy Appin Road in Sydney’s Macarthur region

More than 85 per cent of koalas hit by a car die, according to research done by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

Earlier this month, the NSW Government unveiled plans to install a five-kilometre koala fence in the Macarthur region, along Picton Road and Appin Road. 

The $1 million project is set to create a secure koala passage, significantly reducing the koala roadkill toll in the region. 

Appin Road (pictured above) has been a popular spot for animal roadkill as NSW Government have released plans for a fence to be built on Appin and Picton Road in Macarthur region

Appin Road (pictured above) has been a popular spot for animal roadkill as NSW Government have released plans for a fence to be built on Appin and Picton Road in Macarthur region

 

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