Highlights

  • Karumba, Queensland faces an overwhelming rat invasion
  • Australian town witnesses millions of rats overtaking roads
  • Professor Crowther attributes the rat surge to wet conditions

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Karumba, a small fishing town in far north Queensland, faces a crisis as rats overrun its beaches and riverbanks.

Australian town overrun by plague of 'cannibal' rats

A small fishing town in Australia's Queensland is facing a dire situation as it grapples with an overwhelming number of rats that have taken over its beaches and riverbanks. The rat 'plague' which has been affecting parts of Queensland for months, has intensified in Karumba, leaving residents stunned and alarmed.

Residents have witnessed disturbing sights: the shores littered with rotting rat bodies and the river teeming with thousands of rodents, especially during the nighttime.

"They're really getting out of control," expressed one local fisherman, highlighting the overwhelming stench along the riverbed. Under the moonlight, the river appeared alive with the incessant movement of rats.

The situation has escalated beyond belief, with reports from a resident in Cloncurry, located about 450 kilometres south of Karumba, describing an unbelievable sight of countless rats flooding the roads. "Millions and millions of rats on the road," the resident stated, describing a gruesome scene where dead rats were lying and other rats were eating them.

The infestation has reached such a point that the rats are consuming their own kind immediately after being crushed on the roads.

University of Sydney ecology professor Mathew Crowther explained that a combination of wet conditions and abundant crops has created the perfect environment for rodents to thrive, leading to an unprecedented surge in their population.

The town of Karumba and neighbouring areas find themselves grappling with a severe challenge as the rat infestation continues to intensify.

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