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Distressed duck inspires Otis to start a litter pick

A worried five-year-old boy has launched a bid to help clean up his home town after spotting a duck with plastic stuck in its beak.

Otis Mayes, from Harleston, spotted the duck in the car park of the Co-op store while on half-term last week and pleaded with his mum to help.

Mum Sarah managed to corner the duck before safely removing the plastic, which was causing the bird distress. Otis,was so upset by what he saw, he wanted to do more.

“He immediately said: ‘Mummy? How can people leave things lying about like that. I want to do a litter pick’,” said Sarah, 29.

Sarah then mentioned her son’s plans on Facebook to see if anyone would be interested in joining them. Fifteen people replied and gathered together on Saturday for a litter pick around the town.

“We filled four sacks around town and were quite shocked by what we found,” said Sarah.

“We collected a dust pan and brush, broken glass, bags of dog poo, bottles, cans and cigarette butts. Otis just kept saying: ‘I am saving the wildlife mummy’.”

Otis out on the litter pick he arranged, with Sarah, and proud grandad, Trevor, right
Otis out on the litter pick he arranged, with Sarah, and proud grandad, Trevor, right

Otis is planning a second litter pick as part South Norfolk Council’s Big Litter Pick 2019. Last year, a record number of litter picks took place with over 900 residents collecting nearly 2,000 bags of rubbish and recycling. The Big Litter Pick runs until the end of May and every school and community group has the chance to win £200 to spend in their community.

“He’s going to enter as every group also gets £20, which he wants to donate to his school,” added Sarah.

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