PHOTOS: Rat Attack in India Set Off by Bamboo Flowering

PHOTOS: Rat Attack in India Set Off by Bamboo Flowering
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Half of northeastern India's Mizoram state is covered by bamboo forest, most of which is Melocanna baccifera. Brown poles are all that's left in this landscape of the bamboo that's already flowered and died.

Local farmers had to race against time to salvage their crops before rats moved from the bamboo to human-tended fields.

"Once the bamboo flowers, it produces waves of flowers and seeds. It's just unstoppable," zoologist Ken Aplin said. And so are the aggressive rats.

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