Garbage can kill: rehabbers rescue skunk from container lid

Skunk WRA BCIt’s heart-wrenching to see an animal in distress, and so long as traps are legally allowed in Canada, we will have to witness such scenes. But there are another type of trapping we can all easily stop: garbage.

The Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia (WRA BC) is caring for one little skunk who fell victim to the lid of a drink container. The curved lid likely enticed examination, as the container once held a sticky, sweet treat. But the small opening was impossible to escape – and the rehabilitators believe the skunk was forced to live with the plastic lid around his neck for several weeks.

The neck wound was severe, as can be seen in photos posted to WRA BC’s Facebook page, and the skunk will need several more weeks of intense rehabilitation, including being tube-fed.

This is a kind of cruelty we can all prevent and bring to an end immediately. If you have plastic garbage, make sure it has been rendered harmless to wildlife but cutting it up, securing it in an appropriate receptacle, and reporting any sightings of wildlife in distress.

It’s a little thing you can do that can make a big difference in the lives of animals.

Photo provided by Wildlife Rescue Association of BC


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