PHOTOS: Rat Attack in India Set Off by Bamboo Flowering

PHOTOS: Rat Attack in India Set Off by Bamboo Flowering
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With support from National Geographic's Committee for Research and Exploration, Australian zoologist Ken Aplin (above) is studying Mizoram's rat outbreak.

"They're breeding nonstop because there's so much food there," he said. Aplin also found that the rats can cover a lot of ground—as much as a kilometer (0.6 miles) in one night—and possess remarkable navigational skills.

"I didn't anticipate how targeted the rats would be," he said.

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