Owls Deployed in South Africa as Rats Attack Baby, SAPA Says

The City of Johannesburg said it has released barn owls in the city’s Alexandra township to curb a rat infestation as a one-month old baby was reported to have lost three fingers to the rodents, the South African Press Association said, citing the municipality.

Owl boxes containing the nocturnal predators have been placed at schools in the township in northern Johannesburg, Noceba Molwele, the mayoral committee member for health, told reporters, SAPA said.

The owls are being released as part of a 2.5 million rand ($221,000) program to eradicate rats, she said.

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