In a heartbreaking video, elephant seen chewing on plastic bottle (Nilgiri
The New Indian Express
September 23, 2022
for photos, tweets & video.
The increasing use of plastic and irresponsible waste management has led to
the presence of plastic waste even in forested areas. As a result, wild
animals often end up consuming plastic.
A video in which an elephant is seen eating what appears to be a plastic
bag perfectly encapsulated the extent of plastic pollution.
The heartbreaking video was shared on Twitter by Indian Forest Service
officer Susanta Nanda Wednesday. While sharing the video, which was
reportedly taken in the Nilgiri hills, Nanda wrote that even a small
quantity of plastic can be harmful to wild animals like elephants as the
plastic can get stuck in their alimentary canal. He urged everyone to
responsibly dispose of their single-use plastic.
Commenting on Nanda’s post, many netizens requested the forest department
to prohibit the use of any plastic material within the forested territory.
A Twitter user wrote, “Taking any form of plastic inside the national parks
should be strictly prohibited. Be it for water or anything else. Unless and
untill, the offenders are penalized heavily, such people won’t take it
seriously and keep on repeating it.”
People also mentioned how the dumping of garbage near forest areas
eventually brings plastic to wildlife. “Sir, everytime I’m traveling in
train, witnessing that cleaning workers are dumping all the plastic bottle
and wastes in the free space between two boggie which direct lead to
railway track. This is causing serious issue as railway tracks are
everywhere specially middle of forest,” remarked a Twitter user.