If you were like most kids, your parents probably told you not to litter when you were growing up.
Generally we tend to take this advice in stride. It makes sense to keep the area around us nice by not polluting it, but we also don’t have a clear picture in our minds of what happens when we do choose to litter. The truth is that littering can have a severe and noticeable affect on animals in addition to the environment itself.
If you don’t believe us, this story should illustrate what we’re talking about.
In recently released footage from the Wildlife Aid Foundation, volunteers and rescue workers found a small baby fox who had been caught up in a discarded football net. The video shows that the little cub was just sitting and waiting for someone to arrive because it was so entangled in the netting.
Fortunately, people happened to be on-scene to help the little guy out.
Although the cub panics initially, he calms down enough for the rescuers to help him.
Working carefully with a box cutter, the men gradually cut away the strings that are keeping the fox cub immobilized. Carefully taking the cub by the scruff of his neck, the rescuer pulls the fox loose. Still, there remain little strands of netting wrapped around him which also need to be taken off. Once it’s all finally done, the workers give the fox a little rub and settle his feet into the ground below him.
After it’s all done, the scared little fox can finally bolt away to safety.
As this clip shows, we need to be especially considerate when we’re considering the environment around us. Though we might already be aware of things like soda rings being dangerous for marine creatures, this story shows that even things we don’t usually think of can be seriously dangerous to helpless little animals. Luckily for the fox in this video, help was on the scene.
Not all animals are as lucky.
Still, it’s worth recognizing the good work that organizations like the Wildlife Aid Foundation do.
The organization exists only to help rescue, rehabilitate and re-release animals who were found in dangerous or harmful situations. If this story moved you, consider donating to their cause through their website. And as always: don’t litter!
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Source: The Happiest