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Big bastard mice

In the middle of the south Atlantic ocean sits the tiny  91 square kilometre Gough Island (pictured), a British Overseas Territory. On the island millions of sea birds nest and raise their chicks.

But the birds’ survival is threatened by a race of super-sized mice who have learned to eat the eggs and the chicks. The mice first landed on the island in the early 19th century, transported by a passing vessel.

The plan now is to use helicopters to spead mice-killing poison.

Picture source: Steven Chown