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It’ll Be Raining Dead Mice Soon, Which Is WAYYYY Worse Than Raining Spiders

by Lindsay Mannering on February 22, 2013 at 4:17 PM

miceHey, remember that time when it was raining spiders in Brazil? Newsflash! Things are about to get way worse. It's about to pour down dead mice in Guam. Get out your thickest foul weather gear and the strongest umbrella you own because shit's about to get real on this south Pacific island territory.

Only, interestingly enough, this isn't another freak of nature incident. It's actually a freak of the U.S. government. Mmm hmm, we're about to bomb Guam with deceased rodents filled with poison.

There is, however, a valid explanation.

Ever since the U.S. took over Guam after World War II, the pesky, horrible, no-good brown tree snake arrived via a war ship and has never left. The thing's been downright detrimental to the island, killing off almost all of its native bird species, biting humans, and knocking out power when they climb electrical poles.

To say the brown tree snake is a nuisance is an understatement, but finally, it seems, we've come up with a way to curtail their ever growing and ever damaging population.

The U.S. is going to drop hundreds of mice on the island laced with acetaminophen, a drug that's lethal to the snakes, but harmless to humans and most other animals. The dead mice will be dropped with little, tiny floatation devices attached to them, which will ideally be caught in the trees, where the snakes live.

Authorities are worried that if something isn't done soon, the snakes will hop a plane or a boat to Hawaii. Experts believe if they reach the Rainbow State, they'd be just as detrimental there as they are in Guam.

So if you had your bag packed for Guam, I'd postpone your visit until after it stopped raining dead mice, unless, of course, rigor mortis rodents and free over-the-counter pain pills are your thing, then by all means, Guam it up.

Would you be more afraid of it raining spiders or raining mice?

 

Photo via nick moise/Flickr

Filed Under: animals, military

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  • Doomy234
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    Doomy234

    February 22, 2013 at 4:26 PM
    Maybe I am wrong, but isnt acetaminophen possibly lethal to cats? Cats eat mice... I hope there arent a lot of cats in Guam.
  • worki...
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    workingmama86

    February 22, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Since i have a severe phobia of mice, I'd rather have it raining spiders than mice any day! 


  • alway...
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    alwayscurious

    February 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM
    Hm, most snakes won't eat things that are already dead. Wonder how that will work..
  • Waag
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    Waag

    February 22, 2013 at 4:50 PM
    Isn't acetaminophen dangerous to your liver if you take too much?
  • alway...
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    alwayscurious

    February 22, 2013 at 4:51 PM
    Never mind, the linked article says they will eat already.dead things. Sounds like they really thought of everything.
  • doodledo
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    doodledo

    February 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM
    I'd be most freaked out when it starts raining brown tree snakes!
  • Coles...
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    Coles_mom

    February 22, 2013 at 9:53 PM
    What a weird story.
  • cooki...
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    cookinmommyof1

    February 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM
    Waag, yes it is, but i dont see people eating the dead mice, so it shouldnt be a problem
  • Rando...
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    Randomlady

    February 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Most animals won't eat anything dead, cats most likely won't. And they are only dropping 2000 little mice, mostly around Anderson air force base. Just to clarify, the snakes are not as bad as the authors of these articles make it out to be, yes they killed off the coco bird but that was over many years not just like a week. In my 20 years of living on the island I have encountered about 5 snakes, certainly never been bitten by them (they aren't poisonous either). It just sounds blown out of proportion, it's not like you have to watch where you walk as you might step on a snake scenario...


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    ReBecca Geiger

    March 1, 2013 at 9:15 PM
    ok i am worried for the cats and the birds and the native snakes and what ever else may ingest the mice as well as the MICE themselves that are poisoned.....i mean THINK ABOUT IT owls and other predator birds and scavangers eat mice.....and they are "killing" the snakes because they are "killing the birds" and by doing so by killing mice and poisoning them aren't they at risk of killing other birds? soooo confused by this idea
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