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September 20, 2007

Plastic Bag Kills Polar Bear??

4kmov.com 08.21.07

Polar bear Churchill, of the Saint Louis Zoo, died during exploratory surgery which revealed that a piece of cloth and pieces of a plastic trash bag had obstructed his digestive tract.

Our Take: We hear a lot about the environmental impacts of plastic bags on animals in the wild - for example, hundreds of thousands of marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food. It's sad that this phenomenon is now being observed in a zoo too. Testament to the pervasive nature of plastic bags in our environment - they are absolutely everywhere!

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