If this story doesn't lift your spirits for the weekend, I don't know what will:
Dead mice laced with painkillers are about to rain down on Guam's jungle canopy. They are scientists' prescription for a headache that has caused the tiny U.S. territory misery for more than 60 years: the brown tree snake.
Most of Guam's native bird species are extinct because of the snake, which reached the island's thick jungles by hitching rides from the South Pacific on U.S. military ships shortly after World War II. There may be 2 million of the reptiles on Guam now, decimating wildlife, biting residents and even knocking out electricity by slithering onto power lines.
How polite! We terrorize Guam's ecosystem by introducing these horrible snakes, then we try to remove the horrible snakes by airbombing them with dead mice.
But this time, the strategy can't fail. Even if the snakes don't die off, Guam's residents will eventually just move away.
Photo by Karl Gehring – Contributor/Denver Post/Getty Images
Tags: Animals, Guam