Ingestion of plastics by terrestrial small mammals

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Scientists analyze the fecal matter of seven terrestrial animals in the UK to check for signs of plastic ingestion. They found plastic in four out of seven species looked at: the European hedgehog, wood mouse, field vole, and brown rat. The levels of plastic in the feces of these animals were consistent with those found in human studies. Researchers also found “biodegradable” plastics in the wild mammals’ feces, suggesting more research is needed to understand the persistence of plant-based plastics in the environment.

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