THIS is the disturbing moment an off-duty police officer laughs as he stones a terrified wombat to death.
The footage was taken on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula and shows Waylon Johncock repeatedly throwing rocks at the animal's head.
A local rescue group shared the sick video and created a petition in hopes it leads to prosecution.
The savage attack is reportedly a common practice in the area.
In the distressing video, two men can be seen following a wombat in a 4WD on a dirt road before on Johncock gets out and starts following it by foot.
The driver can be heard saying "Get up close".
The off-duty police officer gives the camera a thumbs up before chucking the defenceless wombat with stones.
As the animal tries to run away, the man continues to hurl large rocks at it while the driver erupts into laughter.
The driver is heard saying: "Go on, you’ve got him, you’ve got him.
“Hit him, hit him, kill him."
The man raised his arms in triumph after throwing another rock, causing the wombat to topple over.
The driver then said: "You killed him!.
'SOMETHING MUST BE DONE'
“First bloke I’ve ever seen kill a wombat on foot, bro."
Wombat Awareness Organisation, a local rescue group, shared the sick video to their Facebook page after it was sent to them on Wednesday night.
The group wrote: "I am tired of reporting such cruelty for it to be ignored. If this gets your support, something may be done."
Brigitte Stevens, from the organisation, told Seven the wombat didn’t die straight away and was left to suffer.
The video has been shared more than 400 times from their page and the video has been widely reported in Australia.
One shocked viewer wrote: "I am so shocked to see this, there are some seriously messed up people in this world but for this to be someone who has a responsibility to be a good role model in the community makes it even more shocking!”
South Australia Police said they were aware of the video and are investigating the incident.
The group later created a petition to bring the heartless cop to justice under the Animal Welfare Act.
They said: "Last night's video of the wombat being stoned to death is allowed under the Native Title Act, accepted as traditional hunting.
"All animals should fall under the protection of the Animal Welfare Act.
"Please sign and share our petition to have the perpetrator prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act."
More than 17,000 people have signed the petition.
Johncock has been in the South Australian Police Force for 10 years working as one of the state's Community Liaison Officers, the Daily Mail Australia reports.
He now works as a Senior Community Constable based out of a remote community, SBS reported earlier this year.
His time in the force has been spent helping to bridge the gap between social and cultural differences between non-Indigenous officers and the community.
Johncock said at the time that part of his job was to help communications between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal people.
He said: "There is a huge gap in the English and Pitjantjatjara language.
"Because I have a basic grasp of the Pitjantjatjara language, I'm able to assist my mainstream member who I'm working with to communicate."
A police spokesperson told news.com.au: "South Australia Police are aware of a social media video depicting an incident involving a man inflicting injuries upon a wombat.
“At this time SAPOL can confirm they are taking the situation very seriously and are closely examining the video.
“An inquiry is being undertaken into this matter to first formally identify the man; and then take appropriate action as required.”
The Sun Online has contacted Wombat Awareness Organisation for comment.
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