Nestle Milo tin mishap prompts stern warning

·News Reporter
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We are once again being warned about where we put our rubbish after a lizard was found with its head trapped in a tin of Milo.

WA’s Parks and Wildlife posted a photo of the bobtail lizard with its head stuck in the tin to Facebook.

“Wildlife officers came across this bobtail trapped in a discarded tin on the side of the road,” the department wrote.

“It's typical for bobtails to try and find shelter amongst leaves or within large rocks and logs - or unfortunately in this case, a piece of rubbish.

“Thankfully, wildlife officers were able to carefully cut through the tin and set the trapped bobtail free. This is a good reminder to do the right thing and pick up your litter to keep our wildlife safe.”

A bobtail lizard is seen with its head trapped in a tin of Nestle Milo.
WA wildlife authorities found this bobtail lizard on a roadside with its head stuck in a Milo tin. Source: WA Parks and Wildlife

On Facebook, the message was not lost on those who saw the photo.

“Please take your crap home,” one woman wrote.

“This is too horrible.”

Another woman wrote she once had to cut a lizard free from a Coke can.

It might sound unusual, or somewhat comical, but people should be reminded to dispose of rubbish in case animals get stuck in it.

In 2019, a skunk needed help after it got its head stuck in a can of Budweiser while a possum also went viral for being a bit ambitious with a Nutella jar.

Beach covered in 70kg of rubbish

In May, 70kg of rubbish was removed from the shoreline at Ammo Jetty in Perth in 90 minutes.

Items removed by the clean-up crew included 144 sanitary products, 300 metres of recreational fishing line and broken glass.

Annually, entanglement is believed to kill more than 100,000 marine creatures, and plastic is estimated to kill over one million seabirds.

Sea Shepherd campaigner Marina Hansen said dolphins, birds and other marine species are commonly found by volunteers to have been killed by items discarded by humans.

She said while the blame has long been placed on the shoulders of consumers, it’s time for the producers of plastic to clean up their act.

“Everybody has a part to play in helping our environment… that’s been the direction of the narrative for some time” she said.

“We need now to change the direction of the narrative and work towards the source, because if we can turn off the source of the problem we’re not going to be seeing these kinds of impacts on the environment.”

Sea Shepherd also found a lizard which had died after its head became stuck in a plastic cup.

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