Rats have invaded China eating their way across fragile wetlands on the Tibetan plateau. To repel this invasion, China will target a 7.5 billion yuan ($934 million) fund. It is in the massive Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve in remote western Qinghai province, rats had chewed through one third of the grasslands over the past decade.
This is exacerbating erosion around the world’s highest and largest wetlands, the report said. The rodents had turned vast pastures into wastelands where herders could not raise their animals, by eating grass, digging holes and turning up the earth.
“The rat disaster in the Sanjiangyuan region is huge, with the population of rodents increasing sharply,” Sanzhi Caidan, from the Qinghai Provincial Grassland Protection Station, was quoted as saying.