New Zealand city plagued by rodents the size of possums

MONSTER rats flood the city: rodents the size of opossums in search of food and warmth are invading homes – and frightening residents

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
  • A man caught a 50 cm rat that weighed half a kilo in New Zealand
  • Rats, marten-like and marsupial rats kill 25 million native New Zealand birds per year
  • A rat expert said the increase in & # 39; sample rats & # 39; may be due to more trappers

A resident of a city with rats caught a rodent monster that weighed half a kilo and was 50 centimeters long.

Ian Robertson, of Predator Free Mt Victoria, told Daily Mail Australia that the rat problem in the Greater Wellington area is something that people don't realize is a problem until they are confronted with it.

& # 39; Back gardeners have caught 4,500 rats in the last two years & # 39 ;, said Robertson.

A resident of a city plagued by rats caught a rodent monster that weighed half a kilo and was 50 centimeters long

A resident of a city plagued by rats caught a rodent monster that weighed half a kilo and was 50 centimeters long

Ian Robertson, of Predator Free Mt Victoria, told Daily Mail Australia that the rat problem in the Greater Wellington area is something that people don't realize is a problem until they are confronted with it

Ian Robertson, of Predator Free Mt Victoria, told Daily Mail Australia that the rat problem in the Greater Wellington area is something that people don't realize is a problem until they are confronted with it

Ian Robertson, of Predator Free Mt Victoria, told Daily Mail Australia that the rat problem in the Greater Wellington area is something that people don't realize is a problem until they are confronted with it

& # 39; The rats do harm to native species by stealing their eggs and having them compete for food. & # 39;

Rats, marten-like and marsupial rats kill 25 million native New Zealand birds every year – around 68,000 birds per night.

Robertson said he wasn't sure if the rats were getting bigger, but the increase in & # 39; monster rat & # 39; observations could amount to an increase in laggards.

As a result, more rats receive attention and people become aware of the scale on which rats can grow when left in the wild.

& # 39; A few weeks ago I caught the biggest rat I had ever seen – it was at least double that of other rats, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; It weighed half a kilo and was 50 centimeters from nose to tail. & # 39;

Robertson helps to eradicate vermin such as rats and weasels – and hopes to turn Wellington into the world's first predator-free capital in the world.

In two weeks he will, together with volunteers and Predator Free Wellington, make the greatest effort to eradicate vermin, starting at the Miramar Peninsula.

He said he wasn't sure if the rats were getting bigger, but the increase in & # 39; monster rat & # 39; observations could amount to an increase in those left behind in the back garden.

He said he wasn't sure if the rats were getting bigger, but the increase in & # 39; monster rat & # 39; observations could amount to an increase in those left behind in the back garden.

He said he wasn't sure if the rats were getting bigger, but the increase in & # 39; monster rat & # 39; observations could amount to an increase in those left behind in the back garden.

As a result, more rats receive attention and people become aware of the scale on which rats can grow when left in the wild

As a result, more rats receive attention and people become aware of the scale on which rats can grow when left in the wild

As a result, more rats receive attention and people become aware of the scale on which rats can grow when left in the wild

They use a grid of 50 meters by 50 meters of bait and 100 meters by 100 meters of traps.

A spokesperson for Predator Free Wellington said their goal is zero rats, and until then they will continue to do what they have always done.

Outside the eradication project, they monitor rainwater and wastewater networks, talk to supermarkets about how cargo is brought in from outside the region, and talk to companies to understand how they handle their waste, as that provides shelter and food for rats. .

Robertson helps with the eradication of pests such as rats and weasels and helps make Wellington the world's first predator-free capital

Robertson helps with the eradication of pests such as rats and weasels and helps make Wellington the world's first predator-free capital

Robertson helps with the eradication of pests such as rats and weasels and helps make Wellington the world's first predator-free capital

Forest and Bird Northland conservation lawyer Dean Baigent-Mercer told it New Zealand Herald high numbers of pests were reported.

& # 39; They are everywhere, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; When the weather gets cold and food from native trees dries up, the rats are looking for other things to eat so that they enter people's homes and eat native birds, bats and wētā. They will make their way through the ecosystem. & # 39;

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