Because 80 percent of the rubbish tossed into landfills winds up in the ocean, we oftentimes hear about marine creatures washing ashore with plastic in their guts. But in the wilderness of Thailand and elsewhere, four-legged mammals are just as susceptible to litter.
According to AFP, a deceased deer was found in the Khun Sathan National Park with 15 pounds of trash in its stomach. The announcement was made by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation on Twitter.
The deer’s stomach was full of plastic bags, black bags, rubber gloves, hand towels, men’s underwear, and straw rope. An autopsy revealed the mammal to be approximately 10 years old at the time of death.
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The tragic occurrence is a reminder that now, more than ever, humanity needs to reduce the collective carbon footprint by limiting reliance on fossil fuels and investing in cleaner forms of energy. By making simple choices daily, such as refusing to purchase or use single-use plastic or litter, our world will slowly be made cleaner.
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