Written in conjunction with Taylah & Samaira 1/2R
Have you ever let a balloon float away? Either accidentally or on purpose? Have you ever wondered where that balloon drifted off to? Maybe it floated off to the moon or to an alien’s home in outer space. Lucky for us we had Keeper Kathy come and visit us from Werribee Zoo to answer this thought provoking question.
Today, we discovered a sad truth about escapee balloons. When they are released, they picked up by the wind currents and end up towards Phillip Island and Lord Howe Island. Unfortunately, seabirds like the Flesh-Footed Shearwater and other native wildlife are attracted to the bright colours of the balloons and either consume it or feed the litter to their young. As you can imagine, this can make the animals very sick or even die. The ribbons around the balloons can also wrap around the bodies of these creatures, making it very hard to move, swim or even breathe – how uncomfortable!
Keeper Kathy had a very important message for us to remember “When balloons fly, seabirds die”. Instead of using balloons to celebrate, Keeper Kathy suggested that we blow bubbles instead because because when bubbles pop, they don’t harm our environment.We learnt that it is our responsibility to spread this message to as many people as we can. The more people we inform, the less balloons that end up in our environment.
*Challenge*: Spread this message to as least three other people/families. Share in the comment section, who you spread the word to “When balloons fly, seabirds die”.