A Chinese student, 24, who threw an echidna off a bridge before he stoned it, is a SPARED prison, avoids a conviction and is not deported despite horrific cruelty
- Student Zhenbo Gao, 24, has inflicted a painful death on an echidna in Brisbane
- Chinese man dropped the animal from a height and threw stones at it
- Gao was caught by guards from the campus at Griffith University
- The court heard that he liked to chase koalas, catch lizards and pet opossums
- Gao pleaded guilty but avoided conviction and will perform community service
A Chinese college student who threw an echidna off a bridge in Brisbane to test his survival, is excluded from owning animals and has been commissioned to serve in the community.
Zhenbo Gao, 24, admitted stalking Australia's native wildlife, stroking opossums and chasing koalas before killing the echidna on the Nathan campus of Griffith University in May 2018.
He was hunting lizards when he encountered the adult echidna hiding in a bush, was told Wednesday at the Holland Park Magistrates Court.
Zhenbo Gao, 24, will be sentenced for killing an echidna by dropping it and throwing stones at it at a campus of the University of Brisbane
Gao was captured by campus guards flipping about the lifeless echidna around 10.30 pm, according to a statement of facts.
Gao picked it up before dropping the struggling mammal.
He picked it up a second time and threw it from a two-story bridge to see if it would survive.
The injured echidna tried to escape by diving down a slope and burying himself in the dirt.
But Gao threw stones the size of a football at it and used a stick to bring it out before it died.
An autopsy report showed that the & # 39; terrified & # 39; animal suffered much pain and died from bone power trauma.
Gao told RSPCA inspectors that he had never seen an echidna, he was & # 39; curious & # 39; and threw the animal from height to see if it could handle the fall.
Gao (left) told RSPCA researchers that he was curious about the echidna when he met him and wanted to take him home
He claimed that he never intended to kill the animal, but wanted to take it home and study it.
Defense lawyers told the court that the student of event planning & # 39; deeply remorse & # 39; and his family had brought much shame.
His mother traveled from China to support her son in court.
Gao pleaded guilty to animal abuse.
Acting magistrate Robert Turra did not register a conviction, but ordered him to serve conditionally for 18 months and perform community service for 180 hours.
& # 39; I consider this defendant to be particularly naive … with little life experience, & # 39; he said.
Gao was not allowed to keep an animal for five years and was ordered to pay a refund to the RSPCA.
RSPCA spokeswoman Tracey Jackson said the organization was disappointed that Gao had avoided spending time in prison.
& # 39; Sometimes we wonder what exactly you need to do to get an animal in prison, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; This was a defenseless animal. There was no explanation for what was done to the animal except sheer curiosity, and frankly that is disturbing. & # 39;
A Chinese student will be convicted of killing an echidna by dropping it on a Brisbane university campus and throwing stones at it
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