Florida has a problem with people painting the wildlife.
Last month, we told you how Fish and Wildlife Officials in Florida sent out a message to the general public asking them not to paint the shells of turtles.
Now they’re sending out a plea to leave the birds alone too. “Please keep your paint on the canvas and off of wildlife,” the FWC posted on their Facebook page. Fish and Wildlife officers ran across a protected ibis that someone had somehow captured and painted orange.
It really shouldn’t have to be stated, but painting any wild animal in Florida is very much illegal. Fish and Wildlife are also using the incident to remind everyone of the cruel nature of painting animals. In the case of the turtles from last month, the paint can be life-threatening.
The paint blocks out vitamins the animals gather through their shells from the sun and toxic chemicals can also leech into their bloodstream. As was the case with the turtles, the ibis was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.
The ibis will be at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter until the paint can be removed. In the meantime, Fish and Wildlife is asking anyone with any information on this, or any other wildlife painting incident to call their alert hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC.