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South Georgia Rat Crisis

Submitted by on February 14, 2012 – 3:56 pm |  

The world’s largest rat extermination program is currently underway in South Georgia Island, a British sub-Antarctic territory that is also claimed by Argentina. Helicopters are scattering several tons of rat poison across the large, remote island in a bid to save sea-bird populations. Rats were inadvertently introduced by whaling and sealing ships in the 1800s, and they have caused tremendous damage to birdlife.




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