Mutant mice eat rare chicks live. SA to the rescue

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Mutant mice eat rare chicks live. SA to the rescue

SA part of UK bid to scatter poison over Gough Island to get rid of killer mice and save the endangered albatross

Helena Horton

Conservationists are sending a task force to a remote Atlantic island to eliminate giant mice that are eating albatross chicks alive – and SA is playing a crucial role in the plan.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is chartering a ship from SA, which will carry two helicopters and an abundance of poisoned pellets to spread across the British Overseas Territory of Gough Island in 2020.

The mice were accidentally introduced to the island off passing ships in the 19th century and since they have no natural predators they are about 50% bigger than the average mouse...

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