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January 14, 2021 - CGTN

From macaques to crabs, wildlife faces threat from face masks

From macaques to crabs, wildlife faces threat from face masks
Discarded COVID face mask, a danger to wildlife© Photabulous!

Masks that helped save lives during the coronavirus pandemic are proving a deadly hazard for wildlife, with birds and marine creatures ensnared in the staggering number of discarded facial coverings littering animal habitats.

Single-use surgical masks have been found scattered around pavements, waterways and beaches worldwide since countries began mandating their use in public places to slow the pandemic's spread.

Worn once, the thin protective materials can take hundreds of years to decompose.

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