Humans are considered intelligent because of their ability to think and as the dominant species of Earth, we are expected live in cooperation with nature. But our actions are doing the opposite.
We are not only encroaching on their territory, but also threatening their existence. Case in point, these instances which show wild animals feeding on toxic garbage produced by humans.
1. When a leopard was seen chewing a polythene bag near Corbett Tiger Reserve.
Over the years plastic garbage has infested too deep in our daily lives, it’s rapidly consuming this planet & all its sentient beings. Better late than never, it’s imperative NOT to dump plastic waste in forest areas. #StopPlasticGarbagePollution #CleanEarth #KnowYourForest pic.twitter.com/GXvC3ajum0— Dr. PM Dhakate (@paragenetics) July 10, 2019
2. When a picture of an elephant feeding on plastic waste went viral.
When cities expand, our dump yards also expand. #Forest land seems easy target for them.— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) May 26, 2019
This is what our plastic & other waste is doing to wildlife. A marvellous creature on human waste. PC- TN43 FB. pic.twitter.com/wWzBDmMv4n
3. When a deer was seen feeding on garbage near a forest area.
Who is to blame ???? This is in Tamilnadu – very famous place which I don’t wanna mention. Disheartening to see animals like Elephants , Deer, Indian Gaur, and you name any animals you see them feeding here. God saves those animals. @CentralIfs pic.twitter.com/5NezKhQwOr— Kishore Chandran (@Kishore36451190) April 4, 2019
4. When an image of a bird feeding her chick a cigarette butt went viral on social media.
5. When an elephant was seen in a swamp of plastic waste in the middle of a forest.
Such heartbreaking pictures, are often becoming a daily sight. Once thriving forest landscapes have now become plastic garbage dump grounds, which effects the wildlife by killing them. #ReduceRecycleReuse should be our motto and should be followed everywhere.#SaveForests pic.twitter.com/3UIfBEeaLm— Dr. PM Dhakate (@paragenetics) July 11, 2019
6. When recently scientists showed that some wild corals are feeding on plastic trash.
7. When a deer was spotted eating garbage at the IIT Madras campus.
8. When images and videos of a herd of spotted deer feeding on garbage near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai went viral.
9. When a herd of horses were sighted eating garbage, including plastic bags near Hampshire.
10. When a herd of wild elephants in Sri Lanka foraged among a heap of garbage, swallowing dangerous scraps of plastic mixed with rotting food.
Is it really necessary for us to leave our ‘footprints’ everywhere? Can we not leave these animals alone?