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The Real Cost of Discarding Plastic

Posted by
Shaun (Massachusetts, United States) on 24 September 2018 in Documentary & Street.

While driving on Sunday morning I came upon a skunk in distress in the middle of the road with its head lodged in a plastic yogurt cup. I made several attempts to help the animal but to no avail. After awhile two other motorists joined me in trying to free the skunk and after being sprayed a few times we were able to release the animal back into a field.

I think this is a lesson to be learned when discarding trash that could harm both people and animals if not disposed of properly.

Canon EOS 70D 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 1000 135 mm

Nelida De La Fuente from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

Buenísima acción de ayuda al zorrillo que le salvó la vida... Genial la foto como ejemplo de lo que no se debe hacer. ***** Felicitaciones.

24 Sep 2018 5:17am

pascale from Brussels, Belgium

oooooh :( so happy that you could save him ( hope he didn't hit you )
but it gave you a splendid photo !

24 Sep 2018 5:38am

Gérard Flayol from Allauch, France

Yes Shaun, a very good militant image !!!!

24 Sep 2018 6:13am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Very well done Shaun together with your motorists.
A clear message accompanied by a hard photo, once again done well.
Dispose of waste at home in the relevant buckets.

24 Sep 2018 9:00am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

shocking and to the point portrait, and how very brave of you to face getting sprayed in order to attempt a rescue. I hope the skunk was suitably grateful :)

24 Sep 2018 9:21am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

That's right. Superb capture.

24 Sep 2018 10:20am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


24 Sep 2018 10:54am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

While this could have been a ST post, it is important to realize the underlying issue as you so point out!! Sorry that he felt you needed to get sprayed in return, but he didn't know better.

24 Sep 2018 11:50am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

funny shot! :D

24 Sep 2018 11:51am

@Ralf Kesper: Hi Ralf, Thanks for your comment I am really pleased that you find this picture funny. This animal was choking to death and about to die when three people including myself spent 35 minutes trying to keep this animal alive and not to suffer a painful death. I think your comment is sick.

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

It must be worthful

24 Sep 2018 1:29pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Shocking this image, but well done.

24 Sep 2018 2:59pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

THis is heart breaking. Thank you for your kind heart in not only helping but also spreading the word.

24 Sep 2018 3:10pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A very interesting account with a great outcome. To help the animal and get sprayed in the process is remarkable.

24 Sep 2018 3:42pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

That poor little fellow. He would have surely starved if you all had not come to his rescue. It’s makes you wonder how many poor animals end up in the same situation. This is such an important message.

24 Sep 2018 3:52pm

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Powerful story and capture - well done. And well done for helping rescue the unfortunate victim.

24 Sep 2018 5:08pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Comme un chat qui a été opére quelle vue originale génaile compo bien vu

24 Sep 2018 5:48pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

That is so sad. It would have been a slow and awful death for him. Good for you for saving him. Thank you for your kindness. I know many animals suffer because of careless actions of people.

24 Sep 2018 6:34pm

omid from mashhad, Iran


24 Sep 2018 9:10pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Well you are a heroic person. The world has become a hazard to much of nature.

25 Sep 2018 12:11am

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Excellent capture !

25 Sep 2018 12:42am

Lewis from Harns, Netherlands

Glad to hear you were able to help him, poor thing.

13 Oct 2018 5:31pm