Search operation launched for Tusker seen eating plastic waste in viral video
Last update: September 20, 2022, 8:38 PM HST
Officials at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in Tamil Nadu have launched a search operation for a wild elephant in the Nilgiris, after the tusker was seen eating plastic waste in a viral video. This is the second such incident in the last eight months when a tusker has been seen eating plastic waste inside the forest.
In the recent video, allegedly shot inside the MTR and widely shared by tourists, an elegant savage can lift a plastic bag of grass and eat it.
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Despite littering penalties and the Nilgiris’ vaunted “plastic-free” label, #plasticpollution continues to seriously affect wildlife in the district. Video from Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. pic.twitter.com/urBklrwTku
—Rohan Premkumar (@ThinBrownDuke26) September 18, 2022
The Tamil Nadu government has banned the use of plastic products in Nilgiris district to protect the environment and wildlife in the district. A total of 55 percent of Nilgiris – also known as the “Queen of the Hills” – is covered in forest.
However, despite the ban, while visiting Masinagudi-Theppakkadu road under Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, some tourists dumped their old plastic debris in the forest. The incident surprised wildlife enthusiasts as the wild elephant can patiently pick up and eat the discarded plastic bag with its trunk.
Considering the increase in incidents of wild animals ingesting plastic waste, the Forestry Department has urged visitors to be responsible and refrain from bringing plastic items to the Nilgiris in order to protect the natural environment and wildlife. The department said eating plastic could lead to stomach problems in wild animals, which could lead to their death.
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