a mummified rat held by two blue gloved hands over green pellet bait

Rats invaded paradise. Here’s how paradise fought back.

Invasive rodents spent more than 100 years eating their way through Australia’s Lord Howe Island, sending several species to oblivion. Now the island has a chance to thrive again.

Rats wrought ecological havoc on Australia’s Lord Howe Island for more than a century before they were eradicated in 2019. An estimated 300,000 rats and mice, including this mummified rat, were killed, and the island is now considered rodent-free
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