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Disturbing video shows lions playing with a plastic bag in Africa

File photo: Three lion cubs are seen making their first public appearance in their enclosure in the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes, east of Paris, France, June 26, 2015. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

A disturbing video has been released, shows a group of lions in the African Savannah playing with a plastic bag.

The video posted on YouTube by a wildlife filmmaker known as Rob the Ranger, highlights the dangers of plastic bags can have on unsuspecting animals who think that it is a piece that thing is.

In the description of the video on YouTube, Rob the Ranger writes that, after the lions dropped the bag and he waited for them to move off, so that he could pick up.

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The video was taken at the Sabi Sand Wildtuin wildlife reserve in South Africa. On the website of the reserve lists three main projects: the community, the conservation and save the rhino.

“The integrity of South Africa’s protected areas is important not only to preserve a number of the most diverse habitats and ecosystems on earth, but also to the security of this heritage for future generations,” the reserve wrote on the top of her website.

It is not known where the bag came from, but Rob the Ranger speculated can be brought into the reserve by a hyena that scavenging bins at a nearby lodge.

“The bag have been in the bush by hyenas or baboons taking of a lodge as there are no routes in the area for the general public to drop litter. all lodges have pledged to reduce plastic pollution already,” Rob added in the description of the video.

The video and the corresponding images were first published and reported by the Daily Mail.

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Plastic retaining and bans have come into the spotlight, as companies and cities working to promote the preservation of the environment.

Starbucks recently said it would ban plastic straws in 2020, with an indication of the environment. Seattle, where Starbucks is located, recently became the first U.S. city to ban plastic straws and utensils.

There are also calls for other major companies, such as McDonald’s to do away with plastic in the shops (it is at this moment trying to remove plastic straws from the UK, restaurants).

The CEO of PRIMASTRAW, a company that makes drinking straws for large companies, recently told Yahoo Finance that Starbucks was making the “right decision” to ban plastic straws.

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The videos also highlight how fragile the African lion population has become, a decline from an estimated 43 per cent to around 20,000 in the past two decades, according to WildAid.

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