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Litter warning as ducklings mistake cigarette butts for food

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Campaigners have warned of the danger litter can pose to animals after ducklings were photographed pecking cigarette butts.

Linda Wick spotted the ducklings at Lamby Lake in Cardiff during her lunch break.

The RSPCA said litter was a real cause of concern and could have a devastating impact on pets and wildlife.

"As some pet owners go directly to vets, and many injured wild animals are never found, we suspect that the actual numbers of casualties is probably much higher than we currently know about," they added.

"Cigarette ends can remain in the environment for up to 15 years and can break down into tiny plastic pieces (called microplastics) which can never be truly recovered," she said.


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