Keepers were appalled on Thursday morning (20 October) when they arrived at the centre, known locally as the Bunny Park, to find one of the Parma wallabies, Bruce, had been killed and decapitated.
Cabinet member for transport and environment, councillor Bassam Mahfouz, said: “I’m completely sickened by this attack on a defenceless animal and I know the whole community will be equally shocked. We will give police every assistance with their enquiries to find the person responsible and I would appeal for anyone with any information to come forward.”
Detective Inspector Tim Yates, of Ealing CID, said: “I know the families who use this park will be very concerned about this attack, but it is a very unusual incident and we are determined to find those responsible.
“If you have any information in relation to this incident, please contact Ealing Police on 020 8721 7030 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
No other animals were injured in the attack, but the park’s other wallaby, Rolph, was in a visibly distressed state.