A disturbing video shows a teenage girl forcing a small wallaby to smoke from an e-cigarette, sparking outrage from animal lovers online.

The terrifying scene, initially shared on Snapchat, was filmed on Rottnest Island, just offshore from the city of Perth in Western Australia.

In the short clip captioned "vape sesh", a young girl can be seen handing the small electronic device to an unsuspecting quokka, a short-tailed scrub wallaby, and waiting to put the vaping pen in its mouth.

The laughing teen appears to force the animal to vape on the e-cigarette while the poor marsupial mistakes it as food.

Animal experts slammed the girl's cruel behaviour and have now called for the teen responsible to come forward.

Hannah Dreaver, from RSPCA Western Australia, told 9News: "It's completely and utterly irresponsible and unacceptable for this poor defenceless, vulnerable animal to be subjected to that kind of cruelty.

"These animals are really very vulnerable. They've become used to human interaction – they aren't running away from us; they aren't avoiding interaction.

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"They are actually seeking it out."

She warned that the teen and the cameraman could be criminally charged with animal cruelty which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $50,000 (£26,549) fine.

Rottnest Island is the only place in the world you can see quokkas in the wild and it's considered vulnerable on the IUCN's Red List, according to reports.

Concerns for the animals' safety have been raised due to recent incidents of unruly tourists attacking quokkas on the island.

In 2018, a 32-year-old man was fined after he was filmed feeding a quokka alcohol.

And a year earlier, a 20-year-old man pleaded guilty to cruelty after footage emerged showing him kicking a quokka.

A New Zealand national was also charged the same year after he threw a quokka off a jetty on the island.

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