A distressing video that highlights the problem of plastic pollution is being widely circulated on Twitter. The video, shared by Indian Forest Service officer Parveen Kaswan this morning, shows a cobra throwing up a plastic bottle it had swallowed.
In the 48-second video, the snake is seen on the ground with a swollen belly, surrounded by a few people. On being prodded with a stick, it begins to regurgitate the plastic bottle it had swallowed. It is not clear where the video was filmed.
"When it comes to #plastic there is nothing called as throwing away," wrote Mr Kaswan while sharing the video on Twitter. "See how single use plastic like bottles effecting the wildlife & other species. Video may disturb you."
He also explained that the snake is a cobra, which can throw back things it has swallowed. "Other animals can't do that. They will die in pain," he wrote.
Watch the video below:
Since being shared online this morning, the video has been viewed nearly 25,000 times. It has also received a ton of comments.
It's so painful to watch. We need to take action!!— Anamika Verma (@Anamika7393) January 10, 2020
Disturbing to see this— Vishwaamitra 🇮🇳 🇮🇳 🇮🇳 (@Vishwaamitra) January 10, 2020
Very disturbing, thankfully it could threw it back. A life is saved.— Prasad Hendre; प्रसाद सु. हेंद्रे (@prasadhendre) January 10, 2020
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