A plastic toy has been found in an albotross nest on the Otago Peninsula.
The small plastic pony was discovered in the chick’s nest by the Department of Conservation. It is thought the toys was placed there as food.
The 9cm long plastic toy could have caused serious injury.
It appeared the pony had already been eaten by the mother and then regurgitated. This is how the mother feeds its chicks.
Royal albatross birds only take their food from the open ocean. This means it is likely the toy came from the sea.
This serves as a reminder to take care when disposing of plastic.