Dead Wallaby Painted Over By 'Callous' Workers Marking Road

Roadworkers in Tasmania have painted over a wallaby that lay dead on the side of a highway.

It appears workers were marking the Arthur Highway at Copping, south-east of Hobart and in their determination to get the job done, painted over the dead wallaby.

Vision of the deceased animal, whose face was covered in the road paint, was posted to Facebook by a local resident who made the discovery.

"Have a go at that," Garrick Cameron, who runs the Lord Of The Lettuce Facebook page said.

"To give you a bit of an idea, I thought 'they've f**cken painted the bloody lines on the road again'. This is right out the front of my house. Look at this," he said.

The dead wallaby that was painted over. Image: Facebook/Lord Of The Lettuce.

Cameron lives across the road from the highway where he discovered the wallaby. He called the treatment of the animal the "definition of laziness" after workers appeared to have failed to move the dead animal before painting the road underneath it.

"That's not my f**cking job, I won't bother moving that. That's f**cked!" Cameron said.

The vision attracted over 1.8 thousand comments on Facebook, many of them calling the treatment of the animal "callous" and "shameful".

The video has also been shared over 5,000 times.

"They weren’t just lazy, they were downright callous!" Facebook user Julie Hudson commented.

"Awful and shameful," Terry Elsten wrote.

Another called the incident "Just wrong".

Tasmania is the world's roadkill capital. Image: Getty Images.

Some Facebook users came to the defence of roadworkers, saying late-night work, high-speed painting and public distraction could have caused the incident to occur.

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Tasmania is the world's roadkill capital, with more animals being killed per kilometre than anywhere else on the globe. According to the ABC, an average of 32 animals are killed every hour on Tasmanian roads.

In fact, almost 300,000 animals become roadkill each year in Australia's southernmost state.

Brushtail possums, wallabies, rabbits and Tasmanian Devils are at particular risk of being killed on the roads. In 2009, the Tasmanian government launched a campaign to determine how serious the impact of roadkill was on the existing Devil populations.

Some experts believe, more Tasmanian Devils are being killed on the roads than by the species' face cancer epidemic.

Featured Image: Lord Of The Lettuce/ Facebook. 

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