Bird Feeding Chick Cigarette End Captured In Picture
 

Disclaimer If this post is your copyrighted property, please message this user or email us your request at team@pejoweb.com

 

Advertisement

Bird Feeding Chick Cigarette End Captured In Picture


Bird Feeding Chick Cigarette End Captured In Picture Guest  

3 years ago

~284.2 mins read

Advertisement

A wildlife photographer has captured a picture of a black skimmer bird feeding its chick a cigarette filter on a beach in Florida, USA.



In a Facebook post, Karen Mason said she had happened upon the pair on St Pete beach outside Tampa last month.

She urged: "If you smoke, please don't leave your butts behind."

The UK's RSPB, which described the picture as "heartbreaking", says nature is struggling to adapt to human littering.

Ms Mason also captured another picture of the chick carrying the filter in its beak:

Image copyrightKAREN MASON
Birds can mistake the filters for food and feed them to their young.

"Many birds are curious about the things we casually discard, and will often investigate to try and find out if something is food or not," a spokesman for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) told the BBC.

"Sadly, this parent has decided the cigarette butt is something to feed its chick.

"Nature is struggling to adapt to the things we are doing to our planet; every year, we see more animals trapped, injured or killed by man-made products.

Advertisement

We are even seeing litter being used as nesting material.

"Unfortunately for many people, littering seems harmless, at worst it makes an area look untidy; however, heartbreaking images like reveal the true impact of littering on our wildlife."

WATCH: Puffins at risk from warming sea water
Christmas decorations kill NZ birds
RSPB birdsong track highlights loss of 40 million birds
Cigarette filters are usually made of plastic fibres (cellulose acetate), and take years to break down in the environment.

They are the most common item of rubbish collected from beaches globally, according to conservationists..

Was my post useful? Support me to keep creating useful content

Disclaimer We pay our users to write original content. If this post is your copyrighted property, please message this user or email us your request at team@pejoweb.com




 1 like
 
1

benbruce (Basic)   2 yrs
mother and child
0

love

Reply




More