London squirrels are now using plastic to build their nests, according to South West News Service (SWNS) reports. Henry Jacobs caught images of squirrels riffing through plastic scraps as part of building their nests.

Jacobs said in an interview, “When I first saw it, I didn’t know what I was looking at I knew it was an animal, but I genuinely couldn’t work out what animal it was for the first few seconds. It was a very unusual sight. I thought, ‘What is it doing with that? Why would it want plastic?’ It looked very odd. I didn’t even know about squirrel nests until I looked it up later that day – and then I found out that they use what is available to them.”

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SWNS also reported that scientists found that squirrels were using plastic to build their nests in other places besides London. Plastic has now become commonplace in the environment and animals are eating it and encountering it on a daily basis.  As photographer Jacobs said, “Why can’t people just take their rubbish home and put it in the bin, I don’t understand. ‘I just think it’s such a shame.”

Plastic has impacted animals of all types around the globe, from polar bears to sea turtles. Read more about plastic and animals in One Green Planet:

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