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'Cat army' battles rodent plague

2011-08-20 13:05

Beijing - Stray cats rounded up in a remote west China city are being used to catch rodents that have infested surrounding pasture lands.

Some 150 strays - dubbed by Chinese media as the "cat army" - were turned loose on the range lands outside Bole city in May to fight what the government calls a plague of rats. The state-run Xinhua News Agency says that the cats were brought in, along with tons of poisonous rat pellets.

The Bole government said in late June that rat holes had decreased by more than half. The Xinhua report on Friday quoted a Bole official as saying the cats were proving valuable.

Rodents and other pests have grown more troublesome on the vast grasslands as a result of overgrazing and killing off traditional predators like foxes.

Comments
  • Cuchilo - 2011-08-20 15:14

    Excellent. Poison the rats, then release cats to eat them. Another sterling environmental effort from the Chinese.

  • DerpyHooves - 2011-08-20 16:20

    So the cats eat the rats and when the cats become a problem dogs can be brought in and when the dogs become a problem, then the chinese can just eat them... It's the circle, the circle of lifffffffeeeeee!

  • sabc10 - 2011-08-20 19:33

    Perhaps they need to learn from the smart ass south africans who have been using the tried and tested nazi technique of gassing the rats and then clubbing the drowsy rats to death...!!

  • teresa scott - 2011-08-22 22:03

    Every time in history cats have been used for something like this it has been an environmental diaster. What they going to do when the cats start wiping out the wildlife (birds and reptiles specifically)?

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