Mice Caught Attacking Adult Albatross in Gruesome Video

livescience.com | 12/10/2019 | Stephanie Pappas
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Gruesome new video shows mice attacking an adult albatross on the World Heritage Site of Gough Island in the South Atlantic.

It's an alarming new behavior from the invasive mice, which have long been known to attack albatross chicks and eat them alive. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), a charity in the United Kingdom, released the disturbing video on Dec. 5.

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"We have known for more than a decade that the mice on Gough Island attack and kill seabird chicks," RSPB field assistant Chris Jones said in a statement accompanying the video release. "While this is already of great concern, attacks on adults, which can produce dozens of chicks in their lifetime, could be devastating for the populations' chances of survival. … [T]hese gentle giants could now be lost even more rapidly than we first predicted."

Gough Island is a speck of land in the South Atlantic. House mice (Mus musculus) were introduced by sailing ships in the 1700s. The rodents quickly gained a foothold on the island, attacking and devouring the chicks of a variety of seabirds, including the critically endangered Tristan albatross (Diomedea dabbenena). A 2018 study funded by RSPB found that the mice are responsible for wiping out 2 million seabird eggs and chicks each year. With a ready source of largely defenseless prey at hand, the mice have evolved to be 50% larger than the average house mouse, according to RSPB.

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