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Immersed In The Sea Of Garbage With The Elephants.

Two elephants have died at a scrap facility, where the animals accidentally ingested plastic while foraging for food. The dead animals showed that they had swallowed large amounts of non-biodegradable plastic found in landfills. The carcass of a wild elephant lies in an open-air landfill. Elephants forage through a pile of waste in search of food.

Autopsies of the dead animals revealed that they had swallowed large amounts of non-biodegradable plastic found in landfills. Elephants are revered but also endangered. Their numbers fell from about 14,000 in the 19th century to 6,000 in 2011, according to the country’s first elephant census.

Polythene, food wrappers, plastic, other non-digestible substances and water are the only things we can see in the mortuaries. They are increasingly vulnerable to natural habitat loss and degradation. A herd of 25 to 30 wild elephants regularly frequents the open-air landfill in search of food, endangering their health.

Many ventured close to human settlements in search of food, and some were killed by poachers or farmers angry at the damage to their crops. Hungry elephants forage for waste in landfills, consuming plastic as well as sharp objects that damage their digestive systems. The elephants then stopped eating and became too weak to hold their heavy frames upright. When that happens, they are unable to consume food or water, which makes their death quick.

The open-air landfill is hidden in the jungles of the Eastern Province and endangers the local elephant population, who inadvertently ingest microplastics in the waste. An elephant looks out to a giant, open-air landfill in search of food. The ground is littered with plastic bags and hazardous waste.

Two elephants forage for food in the landfill, as scavengers join in picking up what’s left. Although a fence was erected around the landfill, it has now broken down and cannot prevent elephants from entering. Herds of 25 to 30 elephants that have now learned to feed to the point of being close to human habitats have also begun to invade neighboring rice fields and villages in search of more food.

Three Oluvil elephants stand side by side in their natural jungle habitat. The landfill has slowly encroached on the neighboring forest, becoming easily accessible to the elephants. Large amounts of undigested pollutants have been found in wildlife excreta. Postmortems elephants have shown plastic and non-digestible products.

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