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Sri Lanka elephants face plastic danger foraging dumps for food

Hundreds of Sri Lanka's wild elephants now scavage at rubbish dumps, risking their health due to plastic scraps mixed with rotting food.

At a garbage dump in central Sri Lanka a herd of wild elephants forage among a mountain of rubbish, swallowing dangerous scraps of plastic mixed with rotting food in what experts warn is an increasing problem for the revered animals.

Due to illegal dumping near wildlife sanctuaries, hundreds of Sri Lanka's estimated 7,500 wild elephants now scavenge at rubbish tips and many are being made sick by what they eat, Jayantha Jayewardene, an expert on Asian elephants, said.

Read more: https://phys.org/news/2018-05-sri-lanka-elephants-plastic-danger.html

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