Police have charged an Australian woman after a freshwater crocodile and a native bird were allegedly found during a search of her home.
On June 3, officers from the Child Protection Investigation Unit executed a search warrant at the address located in Mount Isa, in north-west Queensland, in relation to the suspected offences of keeping protected animals without appropriate permits.
Along with the assistance of Mount Isa City Council, officers located and seized an injured tawny frogmouth and a 25cm freshwater crocodile, which had allegedly been kept in a 15 litre plastic container.
The crocodile was assessed and deemed suitable for reintegration into the wild.
With the assistance of Mount Isa Council, officers returned the crocodile to Lake Moondarra, 18km away.
The bird underwent a medical examination the next day and unfortunately, due to a significant wing injury, had to be euthanised.
The 28-year-old Townview woman has been charged with two counts of breach of duty of care of animal by failing to provide and one count of restriction on keeping or using taken protected animal.
She was issued with a notice to appear in Mount Isa Magistrates Court on June 23.
The arrests came just days after a baby crocodile stolen from the Mount Isa region was handed into a Sunshine Coast zoo.
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