Thursday, 21 October 2010

Rats killing off Pitcairn's rare Henderson petrel

One of the world's rarest birds could face extinction, unless conservationists succeed in their mission to eradicate rats from Henderson Island in the Pitcairn UK Overseas Territory.

The Henderson petrel is found nowhere else on the planet, but it's under threat from rats that are eating 25,000 seabird chicks alive every year.

The British-based Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is seeking to raise around one million U-S dollars to fund the eradication programmme.

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