• Grand Canyon. Ganapathy Kumar/Unsplash
    Grand Canyon. Ganapathy Kumar/Unsplash

“Love is strong, but it is not as strong as our bolt cutters.” That's not a saying you here everyday but it's one the US National Parks is saying.

Officials at America's famous Grand Canyon have taken to social media to discourage visitors from placing 'love locks' in the park due to the harm they can cause to wildlife.

A popular display of love and commitment around the world, 'love locks' are just padlocks that couples place on structures like bridges to seal a relationship, often throwing the keys off afterward.

However not everyone is keen on this act of love.

“Leaving pad locks like this is littering and a form of graffiti,” US Parks officials said on their website. “But because people will throw their padlock key into the canyon the scenario becomes worse and more dangerous specifically for a rare and endangered animal of the canyon.”

The California condor is a scavenging bird that’s known for picking up shiny things like coins, foil, and even keys...

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