From this single condor chick was removed:
- 4 bottle caps and a screw top,
- 3 electrical fittings,
- 5 washers,
- 13 22-caliber shell-casings,
- 1 38-caliber shell-casing,
- a shotgun-shell,
- several pieces of plastic bags,
- about a quarter cup of broken glass,
- a similar amount of broken plastic,
- a few small pieces of fabric,
- 4 small stones,
- a metal bracket,
- a piece of wire,
- and a few small pieces of rubber.
Trash tossed or absent-mindedly left behind is more than just unsightly. Trash, especially plastic, can entrap or suffocate mammals, birds, and fish. Small pieces can look like food and be ingested causing harm or death to the animal that eats it. Thousands of birds, fish, turtles and mammals die each year from entanglement in debris. Common items like six-pack rings, fishing line and strapping bands are mistaken for food. Numerous species ingest plastic, which causes them to feel full and die of starvation or poisoning.
Remains of an adult Albatross with gut full of plastic (below). Notice the wide variety of bottle caps in this one. With smaller animals, more damage is done by smaller pieces. The plastic goes down the gullet quite easily. But since it is not digested, as in the original plan for all life, it gets stuck before exiting the stomach. There it sits to block the entry and digestion of legitimate food. Even the tiniest of pieces can cause blockages.