PHOTOS: Rat Attack in India Set Off by Bamboo Flowering

PHOTOS: Rat Attack in India Set Off by Bamboo Flowering
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Government officials in Mizoram's easternmost district offered a bounty in 2007 as incentive to kill the rats. Above, zoologist Ken Aplin (right) and James Lalsiamliana, a Mizo agricultural scientist, sift through a pile of some 30,000 rat tails presented by locals to qualify for the bounty.

The scientists estimate that at least 95 percent of the rats captured during this district's bamboo flowering were of the Rattus rattus species—more commonly known as black rats.

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