NEW YORK (CBSNEWS.COM) – It was in June when a photographer captured what she believed were sweet photos of a mother bird feeding her chick on a Florida beach.

It wasn’t long before she discovered what she photographed was instead a sobering picture of the impact of littering on wildlife.

The disturbing images feature a mother bird feeding her small chick a cigarette butt — and the baby walking with the item in its mouth.

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