2,000 Mice Dropped On Guam By Parachute
Well, the US Agriculture department has been quite busy! The United States has mice commandos? Who knew? They floated down from the sky Sunday night, 2,000 mice on a mission, using tiny cardboard parachutes over Andersen Air Force Base in the U.S. territory of Guam. The mice however, were dead and pumped full of painkillers according to NBC.
The odd invasion was the biggest rodent air assault so far, part of an $8 million U.S. program approved in February to eradicate the snakes and save the exotic native birds that are their snack food.
For some reason, the snakes are almost uniquely sensitive to acetaminophen, other wise known as Tylenol. acetaminophen being the active ingredient in the ubiquitous over-the-counter painkiller. If you can get a tree snake to eat just 80 milligrams, you can kill it. That's only about one-sixth of a standard pill — pigs, dogs and other similarly sized animals would have to eat about 500 of them to get into any trouble. If you ever wanted to know why you pay so much in taxes, here are your dollars