(SKY NEWS) – Seven kilograms of plastic and clothing – including a man’s pants – have been discovered in the stomach of a dead deer in Thailand.
Vets opened the deer up after finding the body on Monday near its office in the Khun Sathan National Park in Nan province, on the border with Laos, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said.
Coffee and instant noodle flavouring packets, plastic bags, hand towels, rubber gloves, plastic rope and male underwear were part of the rubbish found stored in one of his stomach chambers.
The male Sambar deer, estimated to be about 10 years old, weighed about 200kg (441lbs) and was 135cm (49ins) tall from its shoulders down.
The deer had no external cuts or wounds and is believed to have died several days before he was found, officials added.
Rangers said the amount of rubbish found in his stomach weighed 7kg (15.4lbs).
The deer was determined to have died of intestinal congestion and old age.
Kriangsak Thanompun, director of the protected region in the Khun Sathan National Park, said: “It shows we have to take seriously and reduce single-use plastic.”
The deer’s death has prompted the park to introduce a rule in which visitors will be given a black plastic bag to collect their rubbish which they need to give to rangers when they leave.
After the rubbish is sorted, recyclable items will be sold and the money will be used to support the park.
Earlier this year, an orphaned dugong who became a celebrity in Thailand died after eating plastic.