Credit: Karen Catbird/ Facebook

Photograph of Mama Bird Feeding Cigarette Butt to Baby Goes Viral

by | July 2, 2019

An adult skimmer was spotted on a beach in Florida, having a cigarette butt in her mouth, and giving it to her tiny little chick, which was apparently ready to swallow. The internet couldn’t keep calm but realize the extent of damage that is being done. Scroll down to know more about this distressing incident below.

Photograph of Mama Bird Feeding Cigarette Butt to Baby Goes Viral
Credit: Karen Catbird/ Facebook
Photograph of Mama Bird Feeding Cigarette Butt to Baby Goes Viral

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Photograph of Mama Bird Feeding Cigarette Butt to Baby Goes Viral

The toxic impact of pollution and reckless living has made its way in the order of nature. In what has been described as a ‘heartbreaking‘ image by commenters, an adult skimmer was spotted on a Florida beach, passing a cigarette butt to its chick, which was apparently ready to swallow it.

Comment flooded the post proclaiming how sorry an image can be, which was shared by a user called Karen Catbird, reportedly the photographer of the image.

Credit: Karen Catbird/ Facebook
Photograph of Mama Bird Feeding Cigarette Butt to Baby Goes Viral

“If you smoke, please don’t leave your butts behind,” the image was captioned. The photographer wrote: “This skimmer chick was offered a cigarette butt by [its] parent. It’s time we cleaned up our beaches and stopped treating them like one giant ashtray.”

Karen also posted another picture, where the little birdie could be seen totally carrying the butt in its beak.

A Facebook user commented on the post saying “Sad 💔💔💔we must learn to treat our earth like the treasure it is!!!”

The little one so cute but so maddening that has to be subjected to this. 😢” the other user wrote.

The third stated “Absolutely disheartening.”

Cigarette Butts is Equally (More) Toxic as Plastic

According to a 2018 report from the Ocean Conservancy, cigarette butts make up in the top 10 list if trash collected from beaches, Fox news reports. In 2017, more than 842,000 cigarette butts were extracted from the US, itself. Other chocking items including stirrers, plastic bottle caps, grocery bags, food wrappers and straws, the report states.

Photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash
Photograph of Mama Bird Feeding Cigarette Butt to Baby Goes Viral

Furthermore, an NBC News report stated that it is not plastic straws, but the cigarette butts that has “long been the single most collected item on the world’s beaches” and has mostly been unregulated. The study claims an estimated total of 60,000,000 plus has been collected in the 32 consecutive years, making cigarette butts one-third of all the items collected, even more so than all the plastic wastes combined.

What do you think about the photograph? Let me know your thoughts in comments.

Photograph of Mama Bird Feeding Cigarette Butt to Baby Goes Viral
Debayan Paul

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