There is no denying the fact that plastic can make our lives incredibly easy. From plastic plates and cups that we can just throw away when we’re done using them, to bags to hold our stuff and so much more, this material allows us to carry on our busy lives and just toss away whatever it is we needed once we are done using it. Super simple for us, but unfortunately, for the world’s animal species, this isn’t the case.
This story from The Fox Project, a wildlife rescue and release organization based in the UK, shows just how our love for convenience can impact animals around us.
Tizer the fox was discovered with the remains of a plastic water bottle wrapped around his stomach.
The bottle severely restricted the little fox’s breathing and gave him some nasty wounds on his side.
Thanks to the expert caretakers at The Fox Project, Tizer was freed from his constraints in no time.
On their website, The Fox Project writes, “Tizer is a reminder to all of us of the dangers of litter, although we wonder if this specially cut circle of plastic had been used as a plant protector. Sometimes ‘life hacks’ can cause harm too!”
We certainly hope that Tizer will be able to return to the wild where he belongs once his wounds are assessed and taken care of. We can all help protect wildlife like this tiny fox by firstly reducing the amount of plastic we use and throw away and secondly, always disposing of plastic responsibly when we do use it. As his example shows, you never know when your trash could end up after you toss it!
To learn more about how you can reduce your plastic use, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign.
Remember, if you ever come across a wild animal in need of help, it is always best to contact a professional before stepping here. Here is a list of a few that might help.
All image source: The Fox Project/Facebook