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South Georgia’s Rats To Face Unprecedented Airborne Assault

Photo by James L. Stanfield

For urbanites, rats are an often unavoidable by-product of city living. Though well-known as disease vectors, they’re probably more cringe-worthy than genuinely threatening to most human inhabitants. But on South Georgia island, rats are an invasive species, introduced more than two centuries ago by sealing boats. And now, their population estimated in the millions, they’re on the verge of wiping out several native bird species.

That is, unless Team Rat has anything to say about it.