A Christchurch property developer has been fined for throwing a protected marsupial off a jetty in Western Australia.
37-year-old Bevan Hames threw a quokka into the ocean off Rottnest Island on Friday night.
The ABC reports 37-year-old Bevan Hames has been given a spent conviction - which can in future be legally ignored - after pleading guilty to animal cruelty in the Perth's Magistrate Court.
He was also fined $2000 Australian.
Hames claimed he placed the quokka on the jetty to show his friends they were good swimmers, and it then jumped from his hands.
Hames has a degree in zoology from Canterbury University, and claimed to be knowledgeable about marsupials.