Double Frodo penalty: Bob Irwin

BOB Irwin believes the existing punishment should be doubled for the “bad” person who shot little Frodo, the koala joey.

Speaking with the Daily yesterday, Mr Irwin said the shooting of the 16-month-old joey and its mum was a “disgusting thing to do”.

“It’s a sign of the times,” he said.

“Most people are lovely, but a few don’t want to accept responsibility and are just bad.

“Whatever the penalty is it should be doubled. Something as cruel as this definitely deserves a jail term.”

The penalty for shooting a koala is a $225,000 fine or two years in jail.

On Wednesday, Dr Amber Gillett reassessed Frodo’s condition and is happy with her progress.

“Frodo has made good improvement overnight and has started eating leaf on her own which is a positive sign for her future. Frodo is now much brighter and alert and is moving around well in the Intensive Care Unit.” she said.

"Frodo’s condition is stable but she still has a long road to full recovery.

“At this stage no further surgery has been scheduled. I will continue to monitor her condition and make a decision at a later stage.”

“The wounds to the top of Frodo’s head where one pellet was removed has been closed and I am happy with how the wounds are healing.” Dr Amber continued.

Due to overwhelming public concern, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors have set up an Everyday Hero page for Frodo and others like her in care at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. To help Frodo please donate to the link below.

Every day is Steve Irwin Day, says Bob

Meanwhile, Bob Irwin said he would not be joining Steve Irwin Day festivities at Australia Zoo on November 15.

“Every day is Steve Irwin Day to me,” he said.

“I don’t need a special day.”

He said he remained in communication with his late son by “talking to Steve and meditating”.

Mr Irwin split from Australia Zoo at Beerwah soon after his son’s death in 2006 amid speculation that he did not like the direction the zoo was taking under Terri and Steve’s best friend Wes Mannion.

There was also speculation that he did not approve of his young grand-daughter Bindi’s career.

Mr Irwin said on Tuesday that he hoped to make up with his family, despite not being able to remember when he last saw his grandchildren Bob and Bindi.

“Who knows what’s going to happen in the future? We don’t know and maybe things will change,” Mr Irwin told the Seven Network.

Meanwhile, Mr Irwin has also made a passionate plea for people to protest against a marina development at Tin Can Bay.

He called for one million people to “click and save” the pristine area next to the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island by signing on the website.

“I need to show the world the amazing biodiversity and beauty of the Great Sandy Strait and what we’ll be losing should the proposed marina go ahead,” he said.

“I will fight as long and hard as is necessary to preserve the environment for our future generations.

“But I can’t do it alone.

“I’d like to present the opinions of one million people to our State and Federal governments.”

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