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Shanghai Zoo Animals Keep Dying From Eating People's Garbage

Who knew feeding deer plastic waste would hurt them?
A fallow deer that's alive, unlike three that died recently in Shanghai.
A fallow deer that's alive, unlike three that died recently in Shanghai.ddh Photos/Flickr

Plastic trash is not something typically found in the diet of herbivores. Yet that hasn’t stopped visitors at the Shanghai Zoo from feeding it to animals—leading, most recently, to the deaths of three fallow deer. Here are the gory details from Shanghai Daily:

For the metrically disinclined, six kilograms is more than 13 pounds. That’s a lot of litter for one animal to digest—basically a bowling ball of garbage festering in the gut.