Night footage showing rat going for flower nectar.
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Alien rats take on prey's role

Invasive rats are compensating for the loss of native pollinators in New Zealand, scientists report.

The rats, which are responsible for devastating the native pollinator populations, are attracted to the flowers for their nectar.

It could mean that the decline of pollinating animals worldwide does not spell the end for all native plants.

The results are published in a Royal Society journal.

Courtesy David Pattemore, New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd

  • 16 Nov 2011
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