Hungry elephant eats PLASTIC waste while rummaging through tourists while foraging for food in India
- The animal was looking for food among the piles of garbage discarded in West Bengal, India
- Pranab Das, who created the images, said he saw the elephant swallow plastic after it was dumped by tourists
- He said he saw vans dump the rubbish in the wild and warned others about harming the animals
This is the heartbreaking moment when a hungry elephant searched for food in piles of plastic waste thrown away by tourists.
The animal was snapped with its trunk to wade through the pile of trash that had been dumped in West Bengal, India.
The elephant also had garbage on its head and back after throwing it over its shoulder with its trunk while rummaging for food.
A hungry elephant searched for food in piles of trash thrown away by tourists in West Bengal, India
The endangered animals normally eat roots, grasses, fruits and bark and the photos show it surrounded by vegetation.
But the elephant was clearly more attracted to the smell of the rotting garbage that had been dumped in the wild.
Among the waste in the beautiful surroundings were a number of plastic containers, bottles and bags.
The elephant also had a lot of garbage on its back, as it was attracted to the smell of the litter
Pranab Das, who took the photos, said tourists left the trash and warned others to take care of the environment.
Pranab, a sports journalist living in the area, said he saw the elephant swallow plastic.
He said, ‘I hope these photos encourage people to stop littering.
Pranab Das, who took the photos, said tourists left the trash and warned others to take care of the environment
‘The waste was left by vans.
“The elephant was dying for plastic, which I found painful to watch.”
Elephants have previously died after eating plastic, with the toxic waste harming their stomachs.