We all know, in the abstract, that leaving trash out in the world can negatively impact wildlife. But here’s a specific case that shows how pathetic that impact can be. Someone left a bag of Doritos out, and a curious Key deer — an endangered species — stuck its head in. And couldn’t get it out. This is how a sheriff’s deputy found the poor creature:
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin says the deer allowed the deputy to remove the bag without a struggle.
Key deer are the smallest of the Virginia white-tailed deer subspecies and are endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services says the deer have been threatened by development, habitat loss and hurricanes.
We’re pretty worried about this poor deer. It probably feels pretty stupid right about now. And possibly, it also feels a curious craving for those Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos it’s seen advertised.