Rat myths

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Peo­ple think cats might be con­trol­ling rats but that’s just not the case. If you took cats – wild and do­mes­tic – away the rat num­bers wouldn’t in­crease be­cause there’s no more food for them. Cer­tainly cats take a few rats from time to time but they are not ac­tu­ally con­trol­ling the pop­u­la­tion.

Stud­ies have shown that rats can­not break into large eggs – eg hen size and larger. They are un­likely to take on an adult bird so what they do is wait un­til the eggs hatch and then take the chick in the first 24 hours. This is what decimates our seabird pop­u­la­tions.

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