The United States Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) recently appealed again to people to not release balloons into the air.
Releasing balloons into the air seems like a benign act. Some may say it adds to the excitement in weddings and birthdays. But it can be deadly, according to FWS.
“Birds, turtles and other animals commonly mistake balloons for food, which can harm or even kill them,” a blog post on the FWS website reads.
“In addition, many animals can become entangled in balloon strings, which can strangle them or hurt their feet and hands,” the agency said.
FWS suggests people seek environmentally friendly alternatives to releasing balloons, so that one can still maintain the celebratory vibes without killing cherished wildlife.