By Hayley Pugh
A charity is collecting old mascara wands to help save animals in need.
Workers at Appalachian Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina are using the old wands to help remove fly eggs, larva and grease from the fur of animals.
According to the charity they are the perfect size and work so well because the bristles are very close together.
Since launching its appeal, dubbed ‘Wands for Wildlife’, in March, the rescue centre has received more than 8000 old mascara wands from beauty junkies and animal lovers around the world.
Kimberly Brewster, Co-Founder and vice president of Appalachian Wild, said: “Wands are coming in from around the world including 47 states in the US, plus the UK, Singapore, Australia, Germany, Serbia, Hong Kong and many more.
“We have received more than 8000 old mascara wands that people have sent in for recycling.
“The outpouring of caring and support from around the world is heart-warming.
“The notes, from people of all ages, bring me to tears every time I go to the post office.
“Ironically, that makes it hard for me to even wear mascara now.”