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Gough Island Killer Mouse

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Zebra57
1005495.  Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:30 am Reply with quote

On remote Gough Island south of Tristan da Cunha lurks a giant killer mouse. With no predator on the island the house mouse, introduced 150 years ago, has adopted a Frankenstein lifestyle preying on rare ground nesting birds.

http://news.nationalgeographic.co.uk/news/2012/05/120521-killer-mice-birds-gough-island-endangered-animals-science/

 
Sadurian Mike
1005498.  Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:45 am Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
adopted a Frankenstein lifestyle

I see no evidence that any of those mice were involved in reanimating dead tissue.

 
CB27
1005647.  Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:05 pm Reply with quote

You're thinking of Victor, but Zebra57 is talking about his cousin, Mickey.

 
Zebra57
1007087.  Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:48 pm Reply with quote

Therefore mouse removal would be taking the Mickey.

 
Sadurian Mike
1007120.  Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:42 am Reply with quote

Unless it was a Minnie operation.

(If they were shot, it could be a Miniť operation).*


*That was a military history joke. Sorry.

 
CharliesDragon
1007361.  Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:14 pm Reply with quote

'Scuse me, but did I just read about mice eating albatrosses? That's not how Disney led me to believe things works...

 
Sadurian Mike
1007391.  Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:40 am Reply with quote

Absolutely. We all know that they should be swept from small cliffs with brooms.

 
Zebra57
1014294.  Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:58 am Reply with quote

While organisations such as the RSPB are calling for the extermination of the mice, some scientists are looking at Gough Island as a potential laboratory for scientific research.


http://payseur.genetics.wisc.edu/IslandEvolution.htm

 
Zebra57
1052680.  Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:08 pm Reply with quote

The RSPB is actively trying to find ways of eradicating the mice.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/projects/details/227979-tristan-da-cunha-programme

 
CharliesDragon
1052759.  Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:59 am Reply with quote

Personally I would eradict them, just control the population. Of course, that's without looking into the matter at all. As scary/unnatural as it first seems, it's also a very interesting species, if you ask me.

 

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