BANGKOK — A wild deer has been discovered lifeless in a nationwide park in northern Thailand with seven kilograms of plastic waste and different trash in its abdomen.
The 10-year-old deer, weighing about 200 kilograms, was found by nationwide park rangers on Monday on the Khun Sathan Nationwide Park in northern Nan province. Officers estimate that the deer had died at the very least two days earlier.
“When vets examined the deer’s abdomen they found lots of trash – most of it plastic,” stated Kriangsak Thanompan, a director of the protected area within the Khun Sathan Nationwide Park.
An preliminary examination confirmed that the deer had died from intestinal obstruction after consuming trash over time. Vets discovered plastic luggage, used espresso and noodle packets, rubber gloves, handkerchiefs, underwear and a plastic rope in its abdomen.
“The place we discovered the deer is a protected forest however it’s near human communities in addition to roads the place passersby typically litter,” he stated.
Final 12 months the Division of Nationwide Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation banned the usage of plastic and foam in all the nation’s nationwide parks however it has not stopped animals from dying from plastic waste.
Earlier this 12 months an orphaned child dugong rescued in southern Thailand died from items of plastic clogging her digestive system.
In June final 12 months, a pilot whale was discovered lifeless with 80 items of plastic garbage weighing eight kilograms in its abdomen.
Environmentalists say Thailand produces some two million tonnes of plastic waste a 12 months with about 75 billion items of plastic luggage ending up within the waste yearly.
The Thai authorities stated it’s working with companies to cut back the usage of single-use plastic luggage by January 2020 and to ban three forms of plastic – microbeads, cap seals and exo-degradable plastics – by the tip of 2019.