Watch: After nearly 5 days of ordeal, stork with plastic ring around beak gets rescued
Image via Dr Chris Brown. Photograph: (Facebook)
Another incident made headlines suggesting the gravity of the man-caused threat to the environment. According to reports, a group of birdwatchers spotted a stork in the national capital with a plastic ring around its beak. The bird was not able to eat due to a trapped beak for nearly 5 days.
As per reports, the bird was spotted on June 7 and was finally rescued on June 13. It released into the wild after being kept under observation for some time
The rubber stopper, which accidentally got stuck around the stork's beak, could have come from a bottle or a can, experts note.
Black-necked storks figure on the Red List suggesting their 'near-threatened' status. The birds inhabit wetlands and prey on fish and snails.
Plastic pollution is one of the major threats to the environment. This year's theme during the World Environment Day called for curbing plastic pollution and mitigating use of plastic articles.
According to a study published in the journal Science in 2015, every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in the oceans "which would be equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world," as mentioned on an online portal, Plastic Pollution.
Plastic waste poses a severe threat to the environment, marine life, the flora and fauna as well as to human health. The incident of a humble stork's ordeal was just one of the many examples that call for substantial change.