“The ground moves with thousands of mice”: Australia hit by the plague


The worst mouse plague in decades has overtaken a number of rural communities in New South Wales, Australia.

The plague follows a bumper grain harvest and threatens to destroy bales of hay made by farmers for the winter.

Video filmed in the town of Gilgandra shows thousands of rodents swarming around a farm.
Speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC), farmer Ron Mckay said: “At night the ground just moves with thousands and thousands of mice running around.”
On average, mice can produce up to 500 offspring per season, and intensive baiting programs have had little success in reducing their numbers.
At least three patients at the local hospital were bitten by the mice, and supermarkets had to store food in sealed containers.


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