Shocking photo of dead deer entangled in & # 39; commercial fish waste & # 39; on the remote Scottish island of Jura
Shocking photo of dead deer entangled in & # 39; commercial fish waste & # 39; on the remote Scottish island of Jura shows how plastic plague beasts even the farthest corners
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- It is thought that the deer grazed on the seaweed on the coast before the antlers were caught in the plastic
- The ailing animal was discovered on a hill by gamekeeper Scott Muir and put to sleep
- The deer was found on Wednesday on the island of Jura, Inner Hebrides, where only 230 inhabitants live
Poignant photos show a beautiful deer that died after it was found with its antlers wrapped in a mass of discarded plastic tapes.
The ailing animal was found entangled Wednesday in the plastic waste on a hill on the west coast of the Jura, Inner Hebrides.
It is thought that the deer on seaweed on the coastline of the idyllic island had grazed when the plastic band work hung on its antlers.
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Heartbreaking photos show the deer entangled in a mass of discarded plastic tires. The animal was discovered Wednesday by gamekeeper Scott Muir
The deer was discovered on the remote Scottish island of Jura, Inner Hebrides, with a population of only 230 and an area of approximately 36,692 hectares
He then walked about a mile up the hill, where he was starving the past week when the plastic was wrapped around his mouth.
The beautiful animal was discovered by the shocked game warden, Scott Muir, 32, who said that the deer unfortunately had to be put to sleep.
Muir, who has lived on the island all his life with only 230 residents, said that plastic pollution on the coast has increasingly deteriorated over the past five years.
He said: & I walked across the estate when I saw the plastic trash and realized that a deer was caught. At first I thought it was dead, but when I approached it, I saw his head begin to move.
& # 39; These can be 18 stone animals and I know how powerful they can be, but he looked tired and stressed and he could not see because the plastic was exactly around his antlers.
& # 39; He wouldn't have been able to graze either because it was right above his mouth, so he was really starving. He would lie on the coast, grazing on seaweed, as many of the deer do, and while his antlers are down, they are trapped in the plastic banding.
The animal was found on a hill and was thought to graze on seaweed on the coast. Muir said the deer & # 39; effectively starved & # 39; when it was discovered
& # 39; It looks like he walked up the hill for about a mile, no sinecure, since it was tangled around his hindleg and antlers. I think he has been there for about a week. Eventually the animal unfortunately had to be sent. & # 39;
Muir is a volunteer for Wild Side of Jura, a group that wants to protect the west coast and raise awareness to stop plans for a potential fish farm being built, and said there is an increase in plastic waste on the island.
He added: & # 39; We are a group of five or six volunteers who came together to protect the west coast of the Jura and raise awareness of a fish farm trying to build here.
& # 39; The plastic pollution is getting worse. We have seen an increase in plastic waste on the west coast over the past five or six years.
& # 39; The plastic on the male is not a fishing net, but plastic banding that is used in combination with fish. We cannot categorically say where it comes from, but I would be willing to bet some sort of commercial fishing, a fish farm, which is what we are trying to stop on the west coast of the Jura. & # 39;
Angry residents went to social media to express their outrage.
One said: & # 39; That's shocking, poor animal, the thought that he's struggling with it for hours makes me so angry. So much plastic there, it makes it much more a reality when you see the damage it does so close to home. & # 39;
Another commented: & # 39; The person who threw that overboard clearly does not care what the consequences of his actions are. Out of sight out of mind. What a terrible situation for an innocent being … & # 39;
A third added: & # 39; Poor thing, what a terrible sight. I can't believe how loosely regulated boats are terrible. & # 39;
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