US Fish and Wildlife Service wants public to know about devastating impact of balloons on animals

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USFWS Wants Public To Know About Devastating Impact Of Balloons On Animals

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is imploring Americans not to let go of balloons outside.

According to the agency, their impact on wild animals is quite negative — and often fatal.

Many animals are attracted to balloons' bright colors and treat them as food which can harm or kill them. Many more are simply caught up in hanging balloon strings where they are injured or strangled to death.

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US Fish and Wildlife Service wants public to know about devastating impact of balloons on animals
Charlie, a 15 year-old, 75-pound Galapagos tortoise, is fed by a zookeeper at the Museum of Science in Boston Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, after arriving with his brother Frankie from a zoo in Allenwood, Pa., to be part of a Darwin Exhibit. The exhibit will be the most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted on renowned naturalist Charles Darwin, and will feature the broadest and most complete collection ever assembled of specimens, artifacts, original manuscripts, and memorabilia related to Charles Darwin. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Giant panda Shin Shin eats bamboo inside her glass enclosure at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo on Thursday, May 30, 2013. According to officials at the zoo, the 7-year-old panda, who will be removed from public display on June 4, has shown signs that she may possibly be pregnant for a second consecutive year. Her first cub died days after becoming the first giant panda to be born at the facility in 24 years. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Felix, a female African elephant, eats a pumpkin at the The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Friday Oct. 23, 2009, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
A chimpanze named Paulinho eats a fruit popsicle at the city zoo in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. With temperatures spiking above 120 degrees Farenheit at times, big apes reached their long, leathery fingers through bars to snatch the cold strawberry yogurt pops. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A polar bear eats a pumpkin at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The polar bears along with snow monkeys, gorillas, rhinos, zebras, bison, wolverines and anteaters received treats as part of the annual Halloween-themed enrichment program at the zoo. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
A bear named Ze Colmeia eats frozen fruit at the city zoo, in Rio Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Zoo animals were given frozen snacks made from tropical fruits, chunks of meat and frozen yogurt on Tuesday to help ease the intense summer heat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
New Jersey's Adventure Aquarium's two Nile hippopotamuses, Genny, right, and Button eat lettuce at the aquarium in Camden, N.J., Thursday, May 29, 2014. Adventure Aquarium has a new home for its two Nile hippopotamuses, Genny is 4,000 pounds and Button is 3,000 pounds. They now live in a hippopotamus exhibit, "Hippo Haven." The aquarium spent more than $1 million to renovate the hippos' home. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Giant panda Hao Hao eats during a visit by the Chinese President at Paira Daiza Park in Brugelette, Belgium, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Two giant panda's, Xinhui and Hao Hao, have been loaned to the zoo by the Chinese authorities for a period of 15 years. (AP Photo/Laurent Dubrule, Pool)
A prairie dog eats a piece of carrot in the Zoo of Salzburg, Austria on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010. The weather fore cast predicts cold and rainy weather for the next days. ( AP Photo/ Kerstin Joensson)
A young snow leopard eats meat in its compound at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. The female leopard was born on May 6, 2010 together with two other female cubs. (AP Photo/dapd, Sebastian Willnow)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 08: As part of ZSL London Zoo's extensive enrichment programme, Giant Galapagos tortoises have been given an upside-down version of apple bobbing has been going down a storm with the long-necked reptiles at London Zoo on August 8, 2013 in London, England. Keepers have hung ropes threaded with brightly-coloured apples from the overhanging branches in the tortoise enclosure, which the huge reptiles have to grasp and pull on with their beak-like mouths. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
In this Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 photo, a monkey eats a guava inside the zoo of Bannerghatta National Park, about 25 kilometers (16 miles) south of Bangalore, India. The 25,000-acre park is home to panthers, lions, tigers, and a large variety of birds. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics eats his birthday cake in his enclosure at the Singapore Zoo, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Sinagpore. Inuka celebrated his 23rd birthday with a cake made of ice blocks embedded with a mixture of salmon, apples, berries, whipped cream and a stalk of mulberry leaves.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
A bear named Ze Comeia eats frozen fruit at the city zoo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. It’s so hot, animals at the Rio de Janeiro zoo won temporary relief Wednesday with popsicles made from tropical fruits, chunks of meat and frozen yogurt. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics eats his birthday cake in his enclosure at the Singapore Zoo, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Sinagpore. Inuka celebrated his 23rd birthday with a cake made of ice blocks embedded with a mixture of salmon, apples, berries, whipped cream and a stalk of mulberry leaves.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: Funi the Panda enjoys eating her birthday cake to celebrate her first Australian birthday at Adelaide Zoo on August 23, 2010 in Adelaide, Australia. Funi, meaning 'Lucky Girl', turns four years old today. Funi, who shares an enclosure with Wang Wang, are the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere and the first to live permanently in Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
Parent hedgehogs Maria, left, and Gosha, 2nd right, eat with their albino babies in a private zoo in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Three rare albino hedgehog babies, born on the same day as Britain's new prince, have moved into a miniature castle at a Moscow petting zoo. The three are named after the Prince of Cambridge — George, Alexander and Louis. On Thursday, when they turned one month old, they were shown their new home at the All-Russia Exhibition Center. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr)
A black and white ruffed lemur, hangs onto Dr. Jason Chatfield, of Miami's private zoo, Jungle Island, eating a banana during a video shoot Thursday, June 6, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Female hippopotamus Mali, or Jasmine, eats fruits and vegetable presented for her 46th birthday celebration, at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Giant panda Shuan Shuan eats bamboo in her inclosure at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City, Thursday, July 5, 2012. Shuan Shuan is the aunt of giant panda Xin Xin, who was selected to be be artificially inseminated next year in hopes of adding to the zoo's panda family, Mexico City Environment Secretary Martha Delgado announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
FILE--In this Oct. 26, 2011 file photo, a gorilla eats a pumpkin at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich. Some of the animals received pumpkins filled with treats to eat during the zoo's annual Smashing Pumpkins event. The enrichment items are hidden through out the animals' habitats or prepared and placed in a manner to stimulate natural behaviors. Animal care and welfare professionals plan to gather at the Detroit Zoo Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 to look at ways to ensure they’re helping to offer captive animals a satisfying life. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Female hippopotamus Mali, or "jasmine" in English, eats fruits presented for her 45th birthday celebration, at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.(AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Male Giant Panda Tian Tian eats an fruitsicle at the National Zoo in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. On Thursday, Zoo Director Dennis Kelly and the Secretary General of the China Wildlife Conservation Association Zang Chunlin signed a new Giant Panda cooperative research and breeding agreement for five more years. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
A polar bear eats artificial snow in Moscow Zoo, Wednesday, July 21, 2010, Russia. A heat wave hit central Russia breaking temperature records going higher than 30 C (86 F) for the last two weeks.(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)
Bears eat watermelons at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo,Israel, Monday, Aug. 2, 2010.Temperatures climbed up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) in Jerusalem on Monday. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Mengala, Budapest Zoo's 13 year-old orangutan (Pongo abelii) eats an apple in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, April 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)
A snow leopard eats a meatball from a box during an enrichment session at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
Two young black bears eat fruits in their enclosure in the zoo Alpines des Marecottes in Salvan, western Switzerland, Monday, May 25, 2009. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Jean-Christophe Bott)
Cookie, a 74-year-old Major Mitchell's cockatoo, bites into an apple at the Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill., on Feb. 12, 2008. Cookie has been at the zoo since 1934, long before exotic birds' dietary needs were well-understood. Cookie now gets minerals in his diet to combat thinning bones. Before a nutritionist was hired Cookie would eat seeds high in fats and oils but with little bone-building calcium and phosphorus resulting in osteoporosis, the same bone-thinning condition that affects millions of older humans. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
A green tree monitor lizards prepares to eat a baby mouse at the Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill., on Feb. 12, 2008. Thanks to mounting research on wild animals' food needs, today's zoo staffers are trying new feeding tricks to keep their animals healthy and happy. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Max, a Galapagos Tortoises, pokes his head out of his shell and takes a bite of a watermelon during an enrichment feeding at the Oklahoma City Zoo, in Oklahoma City, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Orangutan Charly eats his birthday-cake at the zoo in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007. Charly, who is father of at least 18 orangutans in various zoos all over the world, was celebrating his 50th birthday.(AP Photo/Bernd Kammerer)
Kachina, a four-year-old female grizzly bear, eats treats as she plays with a pumpkin at the San Francisco Zoo, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007. The bear treats are part of the Zoo's annual Halloween "Boo at the Zoo" and Dia De Los Muertos" celebration. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
A male 20-year-old Galápagos tortoise takes a bite of lettuce fed to it by a handler at The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Pittsburgh. The zoo invited media inside the habitat to photograph the new additions to their exhibits. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pemba, a four-month-old red panda cub looks to eat some grapes during his first public appearance at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, Australia, Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Pemba, is the 44th red panda cub bred in the zoo's international breeding program for the endangered species since 1977. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
An Aldabra tortoise bites into a watermelon at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Animals eat decorated food and ripped open festively wrapped Christmas gifts filled with fruit and nut style treats. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
An injured wild elephant tries to eat a banana leaf with its trunk after it was attacked by poachers a number of days ago at the foothills of Pancharatna hills in Goalpara district of lower Assam, India, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. The poachers cut off two tusks and the tail of the elephant, who is now expected to survive, according to local animal officials. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
South Korean women feed pieces of carrot to giraffes with their mouths during an event at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, south of Seoul, on April 8, 2010. The event signaled the opening of a safari for grass-eating animals at the park. AFP PHOTO/JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
Kory Steele holds a strawberry for one of his box turtles to eat in his yard in Newport News, Virginia, June 3, 2010. Steele's front yard used to be a small, lifeless buffer from the street. Now, the mulched, minimum-grass yard always offers something to see, smell, touch and enjoy when you pull into the driveway. He owes it all to the native plants he's discovered. (Joe Fudge/Newport News Daily Press/MCT via Getty Images)
A chimpanzee named Paulinho eats a popsicle at the city zoo in Rio Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. The zoo animals were given frozen snacks made from tropical fruits, chunks of meat and frozen yogurt to help ease the intense summer heat. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Orangutan "Jacky" eats a durian on its 37th birthday, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at a zoo in Bali, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, panda "Zhuzhu" eats specially made birthday "cake" in the Wild Zoo in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007. It was the 16th birthday for Zhuzhu on Thursday. Zhuzhu was born in the Panda Propagation Research Center in Chengdu and moved to Hefei in 2005. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Huang He)
27-year-old female orangutan Boknan eats a piece of watermelon at the Everland Amusement Park in Yongin, south of Seoul, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007. The orangutan is given the special iced treats in the hot summer weather by the zoo keepers. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
Der 38 Jahre alte Orang-Utan namens "Bruno" hat am Mittwoch, 4. Juli 2007, im neuen Orang-Utan-Gehege im Tierpark Hellabrunn in Muenchen eine Tomate im Mund. Die Erneuerung des Geheges hat insgesamt eineinhalb Jahre gedauert, die Gesamtkosten fuer das Innen- und Aussengehege belaufen sich auf fuenf Millionen Euro. (AP Photo/Christof Stache) ---38-year old Orang-Utan Bruno eats a tomato in his new enclosure in the zoo Hellabrunn in Munich, southern Germany, on Wednesday, July 4, 2007. The new orang-utan house was rebuilt for some five million euro (US$6.8 million). (AP Photo/Christof Stache)
An adult of Testudo Kleinmanni, known as "Egyptian tortoise," eats salad in Rome's Zoo, Thursday, May 17, 2007. This endangered tortoise was confiscated with other some 300 by Italian park guards after being discovered in luggage coming from Libya during an inspection at an Italian airport in 2005. Recently their eggs opened giving the birth to 9 baby tortoises. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
Bendeguz, a three-month-old common squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus) eats from a bowl in the Metropolitan Zoo and Botanical Garden in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006. The little monkey is fed by animal keepers because its mother died during the Cesarean section when she was giving birth to the cub. Bendeguz made its first public appearance on Wednesday. (AP Photo/MTI, Barnabas Honeczy)
Botija, a polar bear, eats a carrot in a pool covered with flowers at a Buenos Aires Zoo, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, as the spring season begins in the Southern hemisphere. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
A Hippopotamus named Bulette "Meatball" eats a bunch of flowers at the Berlin Zoo on Wednesday, April 3, 2002, as the animal weighing 2,000 kilograms celebrates its 50th birthday. (AP Photo/ Jan Bauer)
On Wednesday, July 12, 1995 this monkey at Hannover zoo eats a refreshing ice cream. At temperatures of 30C thousands of people took the chance to visit the zoo. (AP Photo/Christof Stache)
A 14-year-old female orangutan, Kalim, enjoys a cereal snack at the Los Angeles Zoo in California on a warm, sunny day, April 25, 1996. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
An African ostrich is fed at the Giza zoo in Cairo on December 10, 2014. Khedive Ismail, the ruler of Egypt from 1863-1879, built the zoo and planned the opening to coincide with the inauguration of the Suez Canal in 1869 but was not able to do so in time. On March 1, 1891, the zoo was officially opened for the public covering an area of 80 acres, and in the mid twentieth century it was considered one of the best zoos in the world. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
White lion cubs eat at Guadalajara Zoo, in Guadalajara city, Mexico on January 30, 2014. The two lions were born 90 days ago and will be transfered to new zoos. AFP PHOTO/Hector Guerrero (Photo credit should read HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
An elephant eats a Christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was the first day the elephants and some other zoo animals were fed with Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees have not been used and were not sold, they were donated by the vendors in the area. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Mei Xiang, mother of recently born Bao Bao, eats a bamboo breakfast January 6, 2014, inside her glass enclosure at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC. Bao Bao made her press debut today and will soon be presented for public viewing. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
A white lion refreshes with a giant chicken flavoured ice cube on July 23, 2013 at the La Fleche zoo, western France. Keepers at the zoo prepare cold treats for animals to give them respite from the hot weather. AFP PHOTO JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)
A rare gold brushtail possum eat carrots while displayed by wildlife personnel at Martin Place public square in Sydney's central district as Australia's zoo and aquarium association celebrate the National Threatened Species Day on September 7, 2012. The event brings focus on wildlife conservation and education of local communities about the importance of threatened species in Australia while visitors can interact with the animals handled by wildlife personnel. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A mountain goat tries to eat some grass laying on it's head at the zoo in Wuppertal, western Germany, on April 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) In this photo taken on July 18, 2009, in Rhenen, the world's oldest known seal, named Else, celebrates her 50th birthday by eating a special fishcake. Else died on September 5, 2011, at the Ouwenhands animal parc in Rhenen. AFP PHOTO / ANP / RICK NEDERSTIGT *** The Netherlands out - Belgium out *** (Photo credit should read RICK NEDERSTIGT/AFP/Getty Images)
A bear is seen eating two blocks of flavoured ice at the Israeli zoo of Ramat Gan, north of Tel Aviv, as temperatures reached 34 degrees Celsius on August 27, 2008. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival revellers dressed as giraffes eat a sausage while they celebrate the start of the street-carnival with its tradition of fools entering the town halls and women cutting off men's ties with scissors on carnival's so called "Old Women's Day" in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. The "Old Women's Day" is traditionally the beginning of street carnival, the foolish street spectacles in the carnival centers of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Sea turtles are particularly at risk as they commonly surface to breathe and then mistake wayward balloons for food.

Another organization, Balloons Blow, has a photo gallery on its website dedicated to showing numerous instances of animals that either died or got injured due to balloons.

The plea from USFWS to avoid releasing balloons comes after more than a hundred of the celebratory plastic orbs were recovered from a wildlife refuge in New Jersey during a recent cleanup operation. The balloons were all found on one beach alone.

The Fish and Wildlife Service suggests people celebrate with environmentally-friendly balloon alternatives like kites, pinwheels and bubbles.

Also see some adorable unlikely animal best friends:

Unlikely best animal friends
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US Fish and Wildlife Service wants public to know about devastating impact of balloons on animals
The animals usually hang out with their own species. But recently, zoo keepers at Busch Gardens noticed the unlikely pair that just can't seem to get enough of one another.
The tiger and orangutan babies, which would never be together in the wild, have become inseparable playmates after they were abandoned by their mothers.
A farm worker holds a piglet and two of the three tiger cubs abandoned by their mother.
The odd couple got together when Kenya Wildlife Service rangers rescued the baby hippo in the sea off Malindi after the Asian tsumani reached the Kenyan shore and separated the calf from its mother.
Mildred, a mallard duck became the foster mother of these kittens abandoned by their mother, even sleeping with them in this basket.
The baby kitten sits on the Beagle's back trying to get his attention.
The three play at Noah Ark Rehabilitation Centre after their rescue in 2001.
They go for walks together and play together until they fall asleep on the sofa together.

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