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These Heartbreaking Images Show The Devastating Impact Humans Are Having On Animals

These Heartbreaking Images Show The Devastating Impact Humans Are Having On Animals

It's no secret that humans are single-handedly ruining the planet, and the effect its having on our wildlife is devastating.

Burning the world's fossil fuels means ice caps are melting and habitats are being ruined, while plastic pollution is killing our oceans and sea life.

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As thousands of people across the world march against climate change, a gallery of poignant photos has been released shows the effect humankind is having on the world's wildlife.

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One image shows an Antarctic polar beach picking up a black bin bag on its fruitless hunt for scarce food.

Another shows a lion cub picking up rubbish discarded by tourists in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

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One sees an otter clutching on to a plastic bag as it would normally do with kelp to stop it drifting, photographed in in Moss Landing Harbour, on Monterey Bay California.

Soon after the photo was taken, the Marine Mammal Centre was called and rangers removed the bag from the otter.

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A further shocking image shows a wolf with its head trapped in a plastic container in India, who was later rescued by photographer Tanay Panpalia and his friends.

This female turtle photographed swimming the Red Sea was unable to eat the a plastic bag became lodged in her throat.

Following this image, the turtle was freed from the trash.

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And the problem isn't all overseas.

One shocking image shows a seal at Horsey Gap on the Norfolk Coast with a discarded fishing net and rope tangled tightly round its neck.

Also in the gallery was a deer that had gotten tangled up in rope around its antlers at Belton House in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

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In Thailand, a Macaque monkey worryingly plays with some discarded rubbish, which it could quite easily attempt to eat.

Another photo shows a pair of pygmy gobies spotted in Lambeh Straits, North Sulawesi, Indonesia who have turned a discarded aluminium can into shelter, among other rubbish left their by humans.

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While a devastating image shows a dead whale on the beach in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with fishing equipment tangled around its tail fin.

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Finally, Indian Elephants graze among fields of rubbish just outside Bamonpokhari forest, West Bengal, India.

If these photos aren't food for thought, we don't know what is.

To learn more about climate charge and for news on marches and how you can get involved, visit Campaign For Climate Change's website here.

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Topics: Environment, Life, Real Life

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK.

 

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