PHOTOS: Rat Attack in India Set Off by Bamboo Flowering

PHOTOS: Rat Attack in India Set Off by Bamboo Flowering
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A black rat trapped in a rice field helps zoologist Ken Aplin understand how this species' reproductive cycle is accelerated by the flowering bamboo.

When mautam last happened, in the 1950s, it led to famine and social upheaval. Disaster relief tempered the current season's effects.

Once the bamboo fruiting subsides, so will the rat menace—until about 2057, when Aplin's successors can continue his work.

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