A woman named Karen Mason recently took a picture of a mother bird feeding cigarette butt to her chick at a beach in Florida, US. “If you smoke, please don’t leave your butts behind,” she wrote on Facebook. She posted another picture of the chick and wrote, “It’s time we clean beaches and stop treating them like an ashtray.”
Florida: A mother bird was spotted feeding a cigarette butt to her baby at a beach in Florida. The heartbreaking moment where a black skimmer offered the cigarette butt to its chick was captured by Largo resident Karen Mason at St Pete’s Beach in Pinellas County.
She wrote, “If you smoke, please don’t leave your butts behind,” while sharing the photo in which the mother fed its chick the butt of a cigarette.
The photos of the baby chick holding the cigarette butt in its beak have called for a crackdown on littering at the beaches.
“I happened to see an adult giving a chick something. I knew it wasn’t a fish, but I couldn’t tell what it was,” Mason told local media. She did not realise that it was a cigarette butt until she got back home to view the picture on her computer screen.
Since the pictures were shared, they have caused outrage among netizens. The photos, now viral, have been flooded with comments. Here are some of the reactions:
A user wrote, “Sad. We must learn to treat our earth like the treasure it is!” Another said, “Absolutely disheartening.”
A third user commented, “This doesn’t just hurt our animals and environment, it can create forest fires as well. Very powerful picture message right here folks.”
Yet another wrote, “This is a preventable tragedy. Thanks for taking this photo and helping to spread awareness of this issue.”
According to a 2018 report from the Ocean Conservancy, cigarette butts topped the list of 10 trash items collected from beaches globally.