'Vampire’ Mice are Eating Adult Albatrosses Alive

'Vampire’ Mice are Eating Adult Albatrosses Alive

The largest albatross colony in the world is under attack by bloodthirsty mice. Thousands of the birds have died in the last three years alone and many more have been left severely injured after the attacks.

“This was something we had never expected to occur. Mice preying on adult albatrosses simply hasn’t been recorded here,” said Matt Brown, Superintendent for the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, in a press release“It has the potential to cause an incredible amount of damage to this colony.”RT.com has contacted the USFWS for additional information.

The USFWS is proposing purging the bloodthirsty mice, who climb on the backs of the nesting birds and eat them alive, from Midway Atoll to preserve the nesting ground and allow the seabird populations to recover. The plan is to use a combination of baited rodenticide pellets dropped from helicopters and mechanical traps deployed on the ground.

An albatross displays a severe head wound following a mouse attack. © USFWS

An albatross displays a severe head wound following a mouse attack. © USFWS

© USFWS - Pacific Region / Flickr

© USFWS - Pacific Region / Flickr

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