A smart rat
Only after four months were the scientists able to capture the animal again: on a neighboring island!
After ten weeks, the rat swam 400 meters over open water to a neighboring island. This is the longest distance ever recorded that a rat has crossed open water.
In the end, a trap with penguin meat proved fatal for the fugitive animal.
The remote islands along the New Zealand coast are often harassed by rats, disturbing the natural balance. The research enabled the scientists to protect the islands better against these unwanted visitors.