PHOTOS: Rat Attack in India Set Off by Bamboo Flowering

PHOTOS: Rat Attack in India Set Off by Bamboo Flowering
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The Melocanna baccifera bamboo plant reproduces every 48 to 50 years. The mature fruit weighs up to 10.5 ounces (300 grams). Rats like to eat its flesh and kernel, which is high in fats.

The plant disperses easily, leading to its abundance and wide geographic distribution in areas of South Asia. Fruits that fall into shallow streams germinate wherever they wash up on shore.

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