Today: Sunday, 3 March 2024 year

The Australian state of Queensland was attacked by rats.

The Australian state of Queensland was attacked by rats.

Large numbers of dying rats littered the beaches of the town of Karumba in the Australian state of Queensland, filling the air with a foul odor and shocking local residents.

Residents of Karumba reported the appearance of rats there a few weeks ago, and their numbers began to grow monstrously.

Photos and videos on social networks showed images of roads, paths to the sea, beaches strewn with half-dead and dead rats, as well as rats in tidal waves and rivers.

As noted by local media, it is assumed that rats – a local species – swim to a nearby sandy island in search of food, but when they get there, they lose the strength necessary to return back and die along the way, thrown ashore by the surf.

“While residents may struggle to keep rats away from their homes, there is not much that can be done to reduce their numbers and let nature play its part,”  professor Matthew Crowther from University of Sydney said.

According to him, rats have multiplied in huge numbers, but have already begun to die out due to lack of food.