Sunday 22 April 2018

This upsetting video of a baby turtle will make you want to cut down your plastic use

The turtle is less than a year old.

A pile of plastic next to a baby turtle that had ingested it (Perth Zoo/Twitter)
A pile of plastic next to a baby turtle that had ingested it (Perth Zoo/Twitter)

By Taylor Heyman, Press Association

An Australian zoo has released a video showing a pile of plastic next to a baby turtle that had ingested it, shocking Twitter users.

The endangered Loggerhead turtle was taken to Perth Zoo’s vets for medical treatment from the Parks and Wildlife Service after being rescued a few weeks ago.

While in their care, the vets found plastic in its faeces.

In an effort to remind people to dispose of plastic responsibly and try to cut down their use of it, zoo staff filmed the turtle next to a pile of the plastic it excreted.

The baby turtle is thought to be less than a year old, and has already had a tough start in life, like many of his species.

There are six species of marine turtle in Australian waters.

According to Perth Zoo, all have suffered population declines as a result of pollution, entanglement in fishing nets, plastic bag ingestion, depletion of food stocks, boat-related injuries, loss of shoreline breeding areas and egg predation by species such as foxes and dogs.

Marine turtles are recognised internationally as a species of conservation concern and are listed in the World Conservation Union Red List of Threatened Animals.

Loggerhead turtles are considered endangered in Australia.

Press Association

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