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Old 02-24-2013, 04:21 AM   #1
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Default Dead Mice Are Going To Be Dropped On Guam From Helicopters (Really)

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Here's the latest plan scientists have come up with to kill some of the estimated 2 million brown tree snakes that have wiped out many other animals on Guam:

In April or May they're going to lace dead mice with painkillers, attach them to little parachutes, drop them from helicopters and hope that they get snagged in the jungle foliage. Then, if all goes well, the snakes — which as their name implies hang out in trees — will eat the mice and die from ingesting the painkillers' active ingredients.

We aren't kidding. That's what The Associated Press is reporting from Guam's Andersen Air Force Base, near where this experimental airdrop will happen.


http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/22/172695707/dead-mice-are-going-to-be-dropped-on-guam-from-helicopters-really
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:57 AM   #2
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I would like to apologize now to future generations that will no doubt find tiny skeletons of mice strapped in little parachutes hanging from trees and wonder what in the heck happened.
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Snakes, spiders, and now mice dropping from the skies?! Talk about a tourism industry's nightmare.
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who or what will clean up the snakes?
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They'll bring in 20,000 vultures to eat the dead snakes and remaining mice.
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What about the Vultures?
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That about sums it up!
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Something I don't quite understand. Why the parachutes?

I've a little experience with this sort of thing. In the early 70's we took a small white mouse named Alice to the roof of a 14 story dorm & pitched her off.

She had a parachute of course. An Estes rocket chute modified to provide forward drive just like the modified ex-military parachutes the skydivers were using back then. A 2TU IIRC. Pilot chute, deployment sleeve & risers hooked onto a small tobacco sack.

She made 14 "jumps" over the course of several weeks & the chute worked perfectly 13 times. One "jump" in the middle of the series the chute failed to inflate (good catch by the ground crew). She suffered no ill effects & stopped pooping in the sack after the third time.

Retired her back to pet status at the end of the semester.

So back to my original question, Why the parachutes? Dead mice just bounce.

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Something I don't quite understand. Why the parachutes?

I've a little experience with this sort of thing. In the early 70's we took a small white mouse named Alice to the roof of a 14 story dorm & pitched her off.

She had a parachute of course. An Estes rocket chute modified to provide forward drive just like the modified ex-military parachutes the skydivers were using back then. A 2TU IIRC. Pilot chute, deployment sleeve & risers hooked onto a small tobacco sack.

She made 14 "jumps" over the course of several weeks & the chute worked perfectly 13 times. One "jump" in the middle of the series the chute failed to inflate (good catch by the ground crew). She suffered no ill effects & stopped pooping in the sack after the third time.

Retired her back to pet status at the end of the semester.

So back to my original question, Why the parachutes? Dead mice just bounce.
According to the report, the "parachute" rigs are meant to hang up in the trees where the snakes live. The idea is to keep the mice from falling to the ground, where they would be eaten by animals other than the snakes.

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And here I thought this administration had no balls.

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I wonder if anybody has asked that Congressman if he is concerned about all of those parachutes catching the sea breeze and capsizing the island....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs23CjIWMgA

This didn't make national news, but God forbid Marco Rubio needs a drink of water during a live speech!!!

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They should take back Johnson's G.E.D. Holy crap, what a dumb guy.

Marco Rubio should make sipping from a water bottle a staple of every speech he makes, just to make them look ridiculous for making issues out of that stuff. Seriously.

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